Kill a plant without harming the surrounding plants?

Discussion in 'Organic Gardening' started by luvdirtyhands1, Apr 11, 2012.

  1. luvdirtyhands1

    luvdirtyhands1 Seedling

    Mar 26, 2012
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    Clifton N.J.
    I have two plants that I call "weeds". They come up in my flower bed & if left alone, grow into a very large bush with thick branches. I've just been cutting it back to the ground each year, but i'd love to get rid of it permanently. I can't dig it out; roots seem to go on forever. Is there anything I can apply to it that will kill it & not harm the surrounding plants?

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  3. Sjoerd

    Sjoerd Mighty Oak

    Apr 11, 2006
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    Do you have pics of the leaves and stem and flowers.
    Knowing the best way to get rid of a particular plant depends first upon identifying it correctly.

    I wonder what sort of X-file you have growing there. :)
  4. marlingardener

    marlingardener Happy

    Aug 23, 2010
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    Central Texas, zone 8
    If, after you have cut the "bush" down, there is a small stump remaining, you can put a high nitrogen fertilizer on the stump to kill roots.
    It sounds counter-productive to fertilize something you want to kill, but it works. Either drill a hole in the stump or make multiple cuts in it (a hatchet is handy but a saw works, too) and pour a liquid high nitrogen fertilizer into the cuts or hole. You may have to do this twice, especially if it rains within two days of application. Any "leakage" of the fertilizer won't hurt the surrounding plants.

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