How do I get rid of asparagus fern in my garden?

by Harri
How do I get rid of asparagus fern in my garden? It's invading my pacasandra and lillies!
  9 answers
  • Phil a Phil a on May 15, 2016
    1/4 stick dynamite ? -) Seriously, they are very "hardy" to say the least and very hard to get rid of. All I can offer is what we did... wet the ground, pull and dig, pull and dig... repeat until the desired effect is met. Or until you give up... whichever comes first. :-0 Best of luck... Phil
  • Connie Connie on May 15, 2016
    I agree with Phil! They are so invasive and after having one years ago, I swore I'd never have another. With that said, I did get rid of it by digging and digging and digging the area and if another shoot came up, I would get rid of it immediately.
    • Harri Harri on May 16, 2016
      Too many to dig. I do dig where it's possible but in the pacasandra bed, 👎🏻,
  • Elizabeth Roy Elizabeth Roy on May 16, 2016
    I have never had the problem. However, maybe if you cut it back, dig around the base of the plant and carefully pour white vinegar in the trough you dig out, it will kill the roots. I have done this with weeds and other invasive plants. Just be careful you don't get vinegar on any other plants you want to keep! Good luck!
    • Harri Harri on May 16, 2016
      Thank you Elizabeth, but I literally have hundreds entwined in pacasandra and day lilies. I might try this method on other determined weeds. Thank you again:)!
  • Elizabeth Roy Elizabeth Roy on May 16, 2016
    Yeah, you won't be able to use the vinegar. Sorry. I guess the old dig, dig, dig is your only option.
  • Harri Harri on May 16, 2016
    You are probably right:(!
  • Phil a Phil a on May 17, 2016
    Well, as far as I know, digging is the only solution. Maybe you could hire some kids from the neighborhood that you trust to do the job right. It might cost you a bit by making it worthwhile for them but it's your hands and back that will be saved. Otherwise you'll just end up with an Asparagus Fern Garden.
  • Loi7442477 Loi7442477 on Sep 10, 2023

    I have a nice rose in an oak half barrel. Then I added the asparagus fern. My that look lovely! It’s been years now and I’m wondering if I have to dig up the whole thing in order to rescue and Bare route, Rose. Advice.

  • Dee Dee on Sep 10, 2023

    A good brush killer will get rid of it. I use Amdro