How To Get Rid Of Mint In Gardens
Mint is one of the most common herbs that are used in everyday cooking. It has also become one of the most common flavorings for food products. Aside from the taste that it brings, it is particularly popular for that fresh and cooling effect that it brings. However, despite its contribution in culinary arts, mint can also become a major annoyance. This is when you have a garden that is being overtaken by mint plants.
Having a mint plant or two can be a good thing. You can just pick up its leaves and add to your dishes to bring that extra flavor. But, this is only true if you are intentionally growing mint plants. Having them stubbornly growing on your garden is another thing. Mint is known to garden owners as one of the most notorious plants to remove. This is because they are pretty much unstoppable when they grow. The usual herbicides that you use to kill unwanted plants do not work as effectively with mints. Its root system is also pretty complicated to remove. Nevertheless, you can still get rid of mint in your garden. Here are some tips and tricks that may come in handy to you.
Cut and dig
If the number of mint plants in your garden is not yet too much, then you can just attend to them one by one. Instead of digging the whole thing up, you can simply cut first its leaves and stems. Then, using a gardening spoon or a shovel, dig around the plant down to the root system. When the roots are already exposed, grasp the plant on its stem, just a few inches above the roots, then gently but firmly yank it out the soil. Even a single leaf from the mint plant might cause another one to grow so be careful and make sure that you remove every bit of the plant. Place the removed plant in a garbage bag and dispose properly.
Wash them with soapy vinegar
Soap and vinegar can be toxic to mint plants so you can just wash the plants with this solution. TO make the solution, get about a bucket of white vinegar, add about two tablespoons of liquid dish detergent to it. Adding a few cups of rock salt may also strengthen up your potion. Simply drown the mint plants with the solution you have made. You can directly pour it over the soil where the roots are growing at. You can also use the solution to dry up the leaves and stem. Use a spray bottle to apply it to the mint plant’s body.
Within a few days of regular treatment with this solution, you will notice that the mint plant will become rather paler in color. This is an indication that the mint plant has died. Just uproot it and throw away.
While most herbicides will not really work with mint, you can still give it a try if you see fir. Roundup is one of the few types of herbicides and weedkillers that can have effect on mint plants. Simply spray it directly to the plant. Be careful when using chemicals at it can harm other plants growing near your mint plants. Repeat the application up to three times a week for best results. Once they die, clean up the remains of the plants.