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Get Control of Invasive Lily of the Valley

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These beautiful little flowers can easily take over your garden. Now is the time to get control of lily of the valley before it overtakes your world.
Beautiful, delicate, yet invasive and aggressive, lily of the valley can quickly take over a garden area.
This area of my garden had become overrun with lily of the valley (and violets - but more on that another time). It was time to gain control and let the shrubs and other plants breathe. Hidden in here is a gorgeous pink hydrangea, a "samba" elderberry and an old euyonymous.
Lily of the valley grow on rhizomes and are surrounded by a mass of small roots. Start by pulling the leaves and rhizomes from the ground.
Then get out the garden fork to lift the roots. You may also need to cut away sections of the root system from the main plant.
You can see how complex the root system is. If you don't take this step to get the roots out, you will be faced with more plants next year.
After an hour and a half, a wheelbarrow full of roots and leaves and one very sore back, this area is actually looking like a garden again.

To see more: http://www.newhousenewhomenewlife.com/2014/06/thin-lily-of-the-valley.html#sthash.YCT67Oa3.dpbs

  • Lynne
    Lynne Detroit, MI
    on Jun 11, 2014

    thanks for the info..i bought one plant last year to fill a bare spot...this is the problem i am having with my snow on the mountains

  • Mary Brown
    Mary Brown West Des Moines, IA
    on Jun 11, 2014

    What is Snow on the Mountain Flower.

  • Sharon Kavanagh
    Sharon Kavanagh Huntingtown, MD
    on Jun 11, 2014

    Hi, I have been trying unsuccessfully to grow lily of the valley in my woodland garden for two years. What is you secret? You can always send your extras to me LOL

  • Is your woodland garden in a heavily trees area? They might not be getting enough water.

  • Douglas Hunt
    Douglas Hunt New Smyrna Beach, FL
    on Jun 12, 2014

    Hard work: big payoff.

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