eradicating groundcover

sailsmartOctober 27, 2009

I'm ridding my large beds of groundcover, a creeping periwinkle and euonymous vine, which is completely green, not variegated. I'm sorry I ever put it in as it's disastrous, climbing up trees, intertwining into my hydrangeas and worse. It's so prolific, especially after a wet summer that the roots have become deep and essentially escaped into more than I can handle. I did mulch this year with 2 loads of tree clippings - hoping that this would keep the lot at bay. But the leather like undergrowth is as hardy as ever! I won't use roundup. Have heard that vinegar is a possible killer. If I use newspaper, will that completely destroy it over time? I've been chopping it and replanting hostas there. Please give me advice on what will work forever!

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I think you'll need to wade in there with your boots on & dig the roots out.

I've had good luck with a *generous* application of 10% (pickling strength) vinegar in beds in full Texas sun in August, but not with less sun or lower temps.

You can always advertise on your locat craigslist & freecycle that you have free groundcover for people who are willing to dig their own!

Just be sure you supervise;
people don't always know what they're doing.

Best luck!

    Bookmark   November 5, 2009 at 5:11PM
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