Posted by quiltguy on December 26, 2002 at 14:05:46:
In Reply to: Getting Rid of Mint posted by Mary on August 14, 2002 at 12:43:31:
: I know only too well about how invasive mint is. It blew in from somewhere and landed under my crabapple tree. Does anyone know how to get rid of it without killing my tree?
I'm afraid mint doesn't blow in, it ain't a dandelion. the underground runners from a neighbor perhaps, made a beeline for your tree. it is hard, if not impossible to eradicate. best thing todo is wait til after a really soaking rain, very, i mean very gently try and pull the main plant out of the ground. you don't want to break off the underground runners, because they will then be stimulated into putting out leaves , and more runners. follow the runners from the main plant and try to ease them out of the soil, they are normally quite close to the surface. it's a big task, every piece you leave brhind is a potential plant. face it, mint is eternal. you can keep cutting back the plants that do pop up, and eventually(?) you'll starve them, perhaps your children or grandchildren will take over ,afteryou've gone. if you do succeed, do as the previous writer suggested and plant it in a pot, WAY above ground. i never plant mint, my neighbors are only too happy to have anyone come by and cut what they want. food for thought, as it were. good luck. you can ultimately blame the Greek gods for your predicament.