Asked on Dec 13, 2015

How to get rid of purslane

by Dianne
My vegetable garden has been overrun with purslane. It is the bane of my existence . How do I get rid of it in my lifetime?
  8 answers
  • Kathy. Kathy. on Dec 14, 2015
    Catch it early when it is young and pull up or hoe and let roots dry. If yo try to get it when it is older it can reseed and you have to get the root up or it will keep growing. This is my favorite tool:
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Dec 14, 2015
    Since this is a vegetable garden you have to be careful of harmful chemicals.Try to use a good weeding tool first and then install a heavy landscape fabric making sure it is the porous type to allow for drainage and hopefully you can keep the situation under control.
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    • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Dec 14, 2015
      @Dianne Please do not use the vinegar in the garden as it is extremely acidic and could do damage down the road.I use that control only where there are plants and weeds that do not matter.So my only other thought is keep applying the mulch and newspapers,and cardboard to smother these invasive pests.
  • Keller Keller on Dec 14, 2015
    You can rejoice in it and add it to salads - for real!
  • Cheryl Blanchette Cheryl Blanchette on Dec 14, 2015
    Eat it! very healthy good in salads. Wish I had some.
  • Victoria Cross Victoria Cross on Dec 14, 2015
    Purslane is very invasive and even harder to get rid of. If you want to do it without using any type of chemicals, the first step is to try and contain it so it doesn't takeover your yard by putting a physical barrier (like bender board) to stop the roots from spreading any further underground. When you "retire" your garden for the season, a couple of things you could try would be to deep water the area right before freezing weather starts (to try to freeze the roots), or in a non-freeze area cover the area with layers of newspapers and top with black plastic to keep it from sprouting in the spring; when you're ready to plant, transplant through the layer of newspaper and mulch to cover it up. It will take a two or three years but most of the roots should be suffocated by then, however, you'll never be completely free of it. Good luck!
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    • Victoria Cross Victoria Cross on Dec 14, 2015
      Don't compost it, it will take over your compost heap. Years ago, when I lived in Michigan, I tossed an Hubbard squash that had gotten a little soft into my compost pile, the following spring I had a lovely large crop of extremely sweet Huabbard squash! I've also poured straight vinegar onto invasive plants, but you can't really replant until you check the soil and possibly amend it. (The acid burns the roots.) Once again, good luck, I feel your pain, I've been battling bindweed here in Maryland for ten years (it's a very lovely flower but chokes and kills anything it gets on). Hmm, I must have posted on a board when I was visiting family over the summer, Sacramento is the nearest "big city" to my cousin's house.
  • Julie Julie on Dec 14, 2015
    Pull it up and plant in a pot and give to your friends. Makes great hanging baskets and they sell it here for a high price.
  • For killing off weeds and weed seeds, use black plastic as a cover and let the area bake in the sun for a few months. The problem with weeds and their seeds is that they can lay dormant for years. Many invasive plants spread by runners too which burning the plants under thick black plastic could solve your problem. What you are doing with the cardboard and mulch is good too but you may need to use the sun to destroy the plants. This will take a couple months to do. You could also do another alternative and that would be to do raised beds and use heavy cardboard as the base under and fill with good top soil and start over. Do not use landscape fabric because it is a waste of money and it is not really not that great for controlling weeds. Using newspapers and cardboard is eco friendly and breaks down too which is much better for the soil.
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    • @Dianne i am glad i could help
  • Dianne Dianne on Dec 15, 2015
    Someone just reminded me of a solution