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Removing Pachysandra

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by guntruck, Apr 24, 2001.

  1. guntruck

    guntruck LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 527

    Hello everyone, I would like to know if anyone has removed pachysandra before and how much trouble it is. I was called to an address where a lady would like her gardens redone edged cleaned etc, but wants all the pachysandra removed also. Now from experiance i know this is a wild growing cover, nice in some spots, but will grow grow grow. Does the entire root system need to be removed for it not to grow back? If so how deep do the roots normally run? If this were you how would you guys remove the pachysandra? The area is 7'x15' and 22'x5'. Thanks
  2. Lanelle

    Lanelle LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,361

    Round-up. Go back a week later and remove.
  3. guntruck

    guntruck LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 527

    Will the round-up kill the root system Lanelle?
  4. greens1

    greens1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 352

    I don't know if you need your apps. permit for roundup where you are located, but in MI if you get caught spraying without a permit you will be in for some serious fines. They can also impound your equiptment.

    If you have your permit, or don't need one, then yes Roundup is a systemic nonselective herbicide. Make certain you read and follow the label, different rates for different plant material.

    Jim L
  5. guntruck

    guntruck LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 527

    Jim, yes here we need our lisence to spray anything if we are getting paid to do it. Therefore i will have a friend/fellow landscaper do it for me. I will always sub out my pesticide/weed control work, i dont need the hassles. I just mainly wanted the information for myself so i can recommend this info to him. I put alot of faith in what i get from here, its helped me tremendously thus far!! Thank you.
  6. thelawnguy

    thelawnguy LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,412

    Take a shovel, cut a line along the narrow end of the bed, then get your fingers underneath the mat of roots and pull. The whole bed should come up like one large carpet-roll it up as you go along.
  7. steveair

    steveair LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,073


    A non-selective herbicide such as round-up, finale, etc. is the way to go. Established Pachysandra is not an easy thing to rid a bed of. After the first spray, you will kill off a majority of it, however, a fair amount will come back.

    I usually spray the area to be rennovated first, then wait a week for it to take effect. I even like to wait longer if possible. Use a strong mix of round-up, I generally use 5-6 oz per gallon, depending on the type being used.

    After die back has occurred, till/excavate/dig up the area and try to rake out as much of the root system as possibe. If a other plants are going back into the area, a pre-emerge can be used to help any 'straglers' from coming up.

    As the year progresses, you will find that even after all of this, some will still appear. You may need to spot spray the area for a couple of seasons to really get rid of all of it.

    I hate pachysandra, because it is hard to get established in a lot of areas, then, in other areas, you can't get rid of it.

  8. guntruck

    guntruck LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 527

    Thanks Steveair, i will pass all this info onto the customer. You guys are so helpful!! Thanks
  9. GroundKprs

    GroundKprs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,969

    Test the planting area first, before using a herbicide. I have also removed pachy by just rolling it up like sod. In my experience in our area, it does not root more than 1-1/2 inches below ground level. All roots run horizontal, and tend to form a dense mat that is really difficult to tear. You will probably have to cut it with a shovel when it gets too large. Last one I did was about 750 ft², and included 6 yews in bed - had to spend a little time around them pulling individual roots. 4 years later not a single pachy volunteer has appeared. Sometimes the old way is better than the fancy chemicals. :D
  10. guntruck

    guntruck LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 527

    Can any of you guys give me an idea of what you might charge for such an endeavor? Im a littel unsure of the time involved, thanks!

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