How to Get Rid of Lily of the Valley: Organic & Chemical Method

The lily of the valley is a beautiful flower with a savory scent. But their intrusive nature makes them an unwanted guest. They have a tendency to take over your garden and leave no space for your other plants.

Are you also tired of those irritating plants and to know how to get rid of lily of the valley?

Guess what? In this article, we will show you two easy methods to throw away those irrational plants once and for all. To top it off we will also answer some frequently asked questions.

So, without wasting any more time, let’s jump straight into the main topic.

Lily of the valley
Photo of Elena Elisseeva

Types of equipment required

We all know gardening requires a few instruments that aren’t usually found in every household. Then again, we tried to include some common equipment on our list to make things easier for you.

Even if you don’t have the instruments at your home don’t worry. You can just drive down to the local hardware store and buy them in a flash of a second.

So, let’s look at the equipment we will be needing. Shall we?

List of items:

Once you have all these items you can start cleansing your beloved garden.

How to Get Rid of Lily of the Valley?

You see, the process to remove the lily of the valley is actually quite easy. The hard part is to make sure that they never come back to haunt you again.

Both the processes that I’m about to show you will make sure that the annoying plant never sets foot in your garden again. However, to obtain the best results you must follow the instructions thoroughly.

Do you think you’re up for the task? If you are then let’s get started.

Organic Method

For all you nature lovers out there I’m about to show you how to get rid of lily of the valley without harming nature.

Hence, for destroying lily of the valley just follow the five easy steps.

Step 1- Dig with a Shovel

The first thing you need to do is push the shovel deep into the ground. Now, make sure you go beyond the root level.

Once you reach the tip of the root make sure you uproot the entire plant. One hard push and you’ll see that the entire plant is out of the ground.

Step 2- Rake the Place

The next thing to do is to make sure all the rhizomes are taken care of.

Hold on, what are rhizomes? Well, they’re the smallest part of the lily of the valley that they leave behind to invade into your garden again.

You see, to fight against those pesky little sections you need to rake the whole area that was once covered with lilies.

Once you do that you can proceed to the next stage of the procedure.

Step 3- Use a Hand to confirm

The third step is to make sure that all the leftovers from the plant have been removed.

To do this you have to use your hand. It sounds horrible, we know. However, once you’re done you can be completely sure that the plants will never bug you again.

So, to complete this step you need to speculate the ground with your hand and look for any rhizomes that you might have missed.

Step 4- Throw Away the Waste

Once you’re confirmed that everything is done it’s time to throw away the garbage. To do this just pack every last piece of the lily that you picked and wrap them in a plastic bag.

Once it’s tied in a neat bag just throw them into the garbage can.

Step 5- Cover the Ground with Newspaper

For the final step, you have to cover the area you dug with newspaper or cardboard. Next, you need to weigh them down using something heavy like some rocks.

This will help you prevent the lily from growing again since you see the manual is not a hundred per cent effective.

Once you’re done with that give yourself a break because you deserve it.

Chemical Approach

Another method includes using herbicide to kill lily. But make sure that chemical contains glyphosate.

Step 1- Take Safety Precaution

Before starting the process make sure you wear a mask so that you don’t inhale the harmful fumes. Try to use a glove as well to prevent skin irritation.

Step 2- Spray the Herbicide

Once you have taken all the safety precautions, get ready to spray the herbicide onto the lilies.

However, before directly spraying on the lilies ensure that the nozzles allow the chemical to come out properly. You can check this by spraying it on a piece of paper

Once you’re done with that start spraying the herbicide on the lower part of the plant and work your way to the top.

This will result in an even distribution of the herbicide and will be more effective on the plant.

The worst part is you may have to apply the herbicide two or three times. You see the lilies of the valley are stubborn creatures that will try to give you a hard time.

But don’t worry you will be the champion at the end of the day.

Step 3- Wait for the Chemical to Work

After finishing the spraying part, you have to leave the lilies alone for the herbicide to do its trick.

Step 4- Throw Away the Dead Plants

Once the lilies die just remove them with a shovel. You can also use your hands to uproot them at this point.

That’s all you have to do to destroy lilies of the valley.

To Sum it All Up

Guess what? Now you know how to get rid of lily of the valley. All you have to do now is pick up a shovel and start the process yourself.

Soon you’ll see that those invasive plants are no longer in hogging up your garden. Then you’ll be free to pick any vegetables you want and start planting again.

Sounds fun, right? So why not give it a try? Once you’re done let us know by commenting below. We would love how your garden turned out to be.

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