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Lily o the valley...help!

Postby Mirmur » May 23, 2014 11:13 pm

Hello. I'm new to this forum so forgive me if this has been discussed before.
My husband and I bought a house and the back yard has lily of the valley everywhere! Other than digging up my entire yard, is there any way to get rid of it? We have a little guy and I don't want him getting into it. Thanks.
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Re: Lily o the valley...help!

Postby Ian66 » May 24, 2014 6:37 am

The only way to rid yourself of lily of the valley is to smother it or dig it out.....
Weed killers have little effect on eradication.....

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Re: Lily o the valley...help!

Postby Mirmur » May 24, 2014 11:11 am

Thanks. How would you recommend smothering? I've read something about newspaper once.
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Re: Lily o the valley...help!

Postby tricone » May 24, 2014 8:15 pm

No idea about Lily of the Valley, but I've used newspapers to keep down unwanted plants very successfully before. It looks ugly but it tends to work!

I have some in a shady bed surrounded by paving - I am hoping they don't escape on me eventually...
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Re: Lily o the valley...help!

Postby Mirmur » May 26, 2014 12:44 am

Thanks, I'll give it a try.
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Re: Lily o the valley...help!

Postby prizerosewinner » May 28, 2014 8:31 am

thick layers of newspaper will smother it. you can put new earth right on top of the paper and reseed. the paper eventually decomposes and produces cellulose , so no chemicals and a new lawn.

I have done this several times for a new flower bed and it always works.

Good luck.
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