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1 24th February 19:45
deb in ar
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I'm new to the NG and new to gardening, so I really could use some help
here. We've just moved into a house, and the previous owners planted vinca
minor in about 4 different places. It's starting to overtake some of the
shrubs, so we're taking it out to plant some perinialls. (sp?). Right now,
I'm just digging it up, by hand. My husband suggested tilling it up. I
don't think that will work, since these are small areas. I've surfed the
'net and the best thing I've found is just to dig it up. Am I missing
something? And do I need to dig up all those little-bitty-tiny roots, too?
Vinca minor is pretty, I'll admit, but when let go, like the previous owners
did, it takes over everything it sees! Am I on the right track to just dig
it up, or is there another way....without damaging the soil for the new
flowers to be planted. :-) Any advice would be appreciated.


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2 24th February 19:45
starlord
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Good Luck getting rid of it, I know of one lady who tried to remove
it, and short of dropping a NUKE on it, no way.


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3 24th February 19:45
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Ok...so anybody got a Nuke? LOL

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4 24th February 23:52
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"Deb in AR" <bsrdjr@sbcglobal.net> expounded:


You have to pull it, and pull it, and pull it (did I mention pull it?)
until it's gone. It'll resprout from runners below the soil. Get a
good garden claw and plunge it into where you see a central growth
point, use the claw to pull the rootball out, then follow the runners,
using the claw to pull each rooted piece as you go. It can be done,
but it's tedious.
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5 24th February 23:52
jim voege
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Lest all fear to plant vinca minor as a result of this thread, we have a
variety that spreads via above-ground stems. It is very easy to control.
As a matter of fact, I've had to give it a bit of a helping hand to spread a
little faster.

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6 24th February 23:52
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"Jim Voege" <jfvoegeNO@SPAMsympatico.ca> expounded:


Actually I've got it in one spot in my side yard, and it pretty much
stays there. I've been down to Madgardener's garden, though, and seen
what she's up against. Must be the climate, I guess. Others have
such a problem with it, I think it's pretty.
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7 24th February 23:53
john mcgaw
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I'd love to have more vinca growing and wish it was able to overtake the
English ivy. I started to think that I was getting my wish until I
discovered that what I took to be especially agressive vinca was actually
Euonymus fortunei which is now threatening to take over every tree and wall.
And even that won't go where the ivy is growing....
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8 24th February 23:53
jim voege
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Indeed. I use it to dress up the floor of those areas of the yard that are
too shady for grass, although at the cottage we had it growing on the face
of a steep, quite sandy bank facing south with lots of reflection from the
nearby water. A mass of pretty blue flowers in the spring and shiny dark
green foliage throughout the year. Quite happy on a yearly diet of no more
than fallen leaves. My kind of plant. :-)

However, we are talking about the variety that spreads above ground. Makes
all the difference in the world.

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9 25th February 02:35
deb in ar
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Ok, so what about pulling it up, then tilling the ground? Would that take
care of it coming back in mass?

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10 25th February 02:35
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It's just like some grasses I can name, every little bit of root can
become a plant of it's own. May not show up real soon, but some day
you'll walk out and find your garden covered by it.

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