I get this question a lot . . . “Mike, how in the world do you get rid of Yucca?”
Yucca have roots that go really deep into the ground so when you dig them out it’s unlikely that you are going to get all of the roots and new plants will sprout up from the roots that you have severed.
In order to get a handle on this let’s review some basics facts that we know about plants.
- In order to survive plants need . . .
- Water. Not a lot of it, just enough in the soil to keep them hydrated.
- Nutrition. Not a lot of it, just enough in the soil to keep the plants happily fed.
- Sunlight. All living things need sunlight in order to survive. Without it we wither and die.
- Plants need to go through the process of photosynthesis.
Not much we can do about water in the soil. If it rains the soil is going to catch and retain plenty of moisture to keep things thriving.
Not much we can do about nutrition. All good soil contains nutrition and nature naturally replenishes the nutrition in the soil.
Sunlight. Can we control the amount of sunlight that plants, weeds and unwanted Yucca receive? Of course we can and that’s how you get rid of Yucca.
Photosynthesis. Can we control whether or not a plant goes through photosynthesis? Yes we can.
What we are about to discuss applies to both unwanted Yucca plants and weeds in general. Plants and or weeds cannot function and remain viable if they don’t receive both sunlight and are allowed to photosynthesize.
How do we stop them?
- 1. Do not allow them to thrive.
- 2. Be it weeds or unwanted Yucca and you have to be diligent and keep both weeds and unwanted Yucca plants pulled up. As soon as they appear pull them up like I am doing in the video.
- 3. Use biodegradable products like cardboard covered with mulch to block weeds and other unwanted plants from receiving sunlight.
First eradicate the garden of weeds and other unwanted plants. Then apply a layer of cardboard, then cover the cardboard with mulch. In the case of Yucca I’d probably apply a double layer of cardboard. Then a nice thick layer of mulch to make sure the cardboard is sealed tightly to the ground.
But we have to be realistic. Yucca roots start as deep as 12 to 24 inches in the soil and somehow magically push their way through the soil and sprout. So they are persistant.
The more persistent being wins!
Who is going to be more persistent, you or the Yucca?
Blocking the sunlight is only part of this equation. It works pretty well with weeds, but a plant like Yucca is pretty doggone persistent. So let’s now focus on stopping it from going through the process of photo synthesis.
How do we do that? Simple, as soon as a sprout appears yank it out like I’m doing in the video. If the sprout can’t open and photosynthesize it can’t possibly keep feeding those roots buried deep in the ground. Sooner or later you will win this battle.
That’s if you are the most persistent being!
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