Welcome back! In our previous article, we discussed the various ways that you can take an advantageously growing plant into hand so that it doesn’t shortly take over your garden. In this article, we’ll continue to explore how you can manage a plant infestation that has surpassed what you had ever expected. Our grow master gopher baskets help preserve the plants you want in your garden, but sometimes there are some unwelcome visitors that aren’t gophers.

Using Chemicals Plant Solutions Responsibly

If you intend to try and spray the plants currently occupying places in your garden where you don’t want them, be cautious. Mowing, cutting and digging often does the trick but if it’s a more invasive species you may have to result to using a little Roundup. However, there are a few things that you should keep track of before going crazy with the spray-gun. If the area in your yard or around your yard is a wetland there may be a little more finesse required as spraying poison in the wetlands is often strictly prohibited. That poison has a way of reaching outside its original range and it can harm amphibian life that’s even outside of your own yard. Even if you’re not in the wetlands, you’ll still want to be extra cautious. If you’re like us, your plants have just started to bloom and become beautifully lush, you don’t want to ruin that by accidentally killing them. If you’re going to resort to herbicide be sure to apply it extra carefully onto the plants leaves that you’re trying to eliminate. Be sure not to spray the ground or any other plants around it as the round-up will act quickly and you’ll find you’re beautifully cultivated garden wilting. If you’re worried you’ll get sloppy with too many plants to spray, add some biodegradable dye to the herbicide. It won’t hurt the mixture’s effectiveness, but it’ll help you keep track of where you’re spraying and what’s already been covered.

The Final Disposal of Unwanted Plants

Plants spread, it’s one of their defense mechanism against you rooting them out of the ground. So to be sure you’ve eliminated the problem and the unwanted growths don’t show up next year, you’ll need to be particular about how you dispose of your new organic waste. Once you’ve cut, killed, or dug up the unwanted plants, there’s a couple of scorched earth policies that you can follow to ensure they don’t spread where you don’t want them anytime soon. We recommend burning, composting them, or using the sun to make them crispy. You can burn them yourself, or you can bring them to the landfill and they’ll do it for you if you’re not interested in having a dumpster fire in your background. If you’re wanting to compost it be cautious. If the plant was super aggressive, it’ll just take root there and start growing again, so we don’t recommend adding it there unless you’d like that compost to be poisoned by the same growth you just had to cut out of another spot. Perhaps the most gentle and most effective way to handle them is to sun the remnants on the driveway and let the heat and concrete crisp them like bacon so they won’t be able to hurt your garden again.

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