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Wild garlic

Last year I took over the maintenance of a garden, there is a border approx 30m X 2m that had loads of wild garlic growing, I spent ages digging the bulbs out but already there is loads appearing again, has anyone got any ideas how this can be controlled apart from constantly digging the bulbs, I know from previous experience weedkillers don't have much effect on it. Thanks

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  • PRO

    You just have to dig again .... I have some clients that would love wild garlic in their gardens :)


    • PRO

      They go to great lengths to protect wild garlic on the lane where i live but it gets in garden borders and takes over . 

      I tend to dig it out before it flowers to reduce the bulk its a painstaking job not to be rushed , I personally like it when its growing by a stream .

  • As above, more digging I'm afraid. It's a prolific self seeder, so if it's been allowed to flower and seed in the past you won't get rid of it in one season. 

  • Never dealt with wild garlic but I suspect it's one of these "weeds" that will be impossible to get rid of by digging............ there will always be something left.   Once there's some decent growth in the spring, I'd try a herbicide.... Roundup or something containing Tryclopy (Garlon... Blaster) ............... I've had great success eradicating areas riddled with Celandine, GrapeHyacinths Bindweed, Nettles, groundelder..........   Nothing to lose and you could save yourself hours of what may well be futile digging

    • Wild garlic are pretty tough bulbs and I don't think glyphosate will be very effective. I wouldn't want to use the other chemicals you mention in a border as they hang around in the soil for too long. 

      • it does actually break down quite quickly in the soil and if you're spraying the leaves with minimal soil contact, can't see it being a problem.... it really is good stuff

  • 24D is suposed to be efetive but it may take up to 4 years to get rid you spray at the back end of the year 

  • PRO

    I'm doing the same thing with Spanish Bluebells - the first year I got them down by around 70%, last year a few more, now this year, a few are just starting to poke through, and they will be removed one by one  - next year there should be none that anyone else sees.


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    They are quite waxy, I use to walk over them a bit and then spray them. 

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