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Yucca

Discussion in 'Parents Off Topic' started by danismom79, Dec 4, 2009.

  1. danismom79

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    I hate this stuff. The tenant before me planted a bunch of them, and after looking at them for 3 years, I'm finally ready to rid my backyard of the 3 there. I tried once a couple of years ago, and the damn thing laughed me right back into my house. I had no idea their taproots go all the way to the center of the earth.

    I have a few ideas:

    1. Move
    2. Inject some kind of herbicide into the leaves and root with the pod syringe
    3. Try something called Tordon (stump killer)
    4. Sheet mulch - which I don't think will work on its own

    I really didn't want to have to use chemicals, but I mean, come on. Has anyone successfully gotten rid of these things? They are there all year round! They don't even die back in the winter.
     
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  3. Sarah Maddie's Mom

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    I'm laughing out loud!

    I think your instincts are good - I'd go with

    1. Cutting it back to a stump
    2. Application of an herbicide (a root killer might be best), AND
    3. Smothering it with a cardboard and mountains of mulch application.

    Good luck! It must be one heard bugger to withstand Boston winters! :rolleyes:
     
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  5. danismom79

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    Oh, that post is hilarious! I can't believe how difficult these things are.

    When everything else is gone from this world, they'll be left with the roaches.

    I think I will have to do all 3. Cement may come into play as well. There is a WHOLE ROW of them in the front yard that I'll just have to live with.
     
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    Hahahaha. Can't win 'em all. I have never wanted to kill something so badly in my whole life.
     
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    I so feel for you!!!! When we lived in base housing in Cape Cod there was a Yucca plant about seven feet tall in our front flower bed. I chopped it down and dug the roots out. Or so I thought! It grew back every year! Good Luck!
     
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    Having lived in Arizona for quite some time, and being intimately familiar with yucca... All I can say is... "good luck there, friend". lol. Even worse than bamboo.

    My advice... develop an affinity to it, and learn to pick your battles. :)

    I read the concrete trick, but from experience, it's no fix it all unless you're willing to pave your entire yard and place environment sheets along your foundation.
     
  9. joy orz

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    I've got a giant hosta plant that might give it a run for it's money. I and my neighbor dug it out of my flower bed, put in near the trash cans to take out in the trash a few days later, and the darn thing put down roots and stayed.

    So if all else fails, I can bring my monster hosta over and they can battle it out in your yard. :D
     
  10. Sarah Maddie's Mom

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    I think I just need to lend you guys some deer :rolleyes: That would solve the problem - oh ya... ;)
     
  11. danismom79

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    Maybe. These urban skunks and possums are useless!!
     
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    LOL! You sound just like my mom -- we had a yucca plant outside of our house and nothing would kill it. I think they eventually just cemented over it. :D
     

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