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Q.How to get rid of milkweed

Zone 04730 | Anonymous added on July 21, 2019 | Answered

I have milkweed growing by my garden and need to get rid if it. Can you recommend something. Up Jill it off.

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Answered on July 22, 2019

You can dig it out by going deeply enough to find the common lateral rhizomes that send up new plants. I removed common milkweed, Asclepias syrica, because I found it too aggressive in my garden. After digging out the obvious plants, I've pulled baby plants while weeding as they appear. Since I didn't go after the rhizomes, I expect this will take up to 3 years. If you decide on herbicides, make sure you don't have monarch caterpillars on the plants and remove the flowers so pollinators don't land on treated plants.

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Answered on July 22, 2019

Glyphosate is the most common herbicide used to eradicate milkweed. Application after the plant has budded and before it has bloomed is most effective.
In my own garden I just pull up the unwanted plants leaving just enough for the Bees and Butterflies.

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