Re: Need to remove Vinca Myrtle

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Posted by Mike G. on April 13, 2003 at 23:35:03:

In Reply to: Need to remove Vinca Myrtle posted by Mike on April 13, 2003 at 04:53:28:

To remove Vinca minor (myrtle), there are three options: dig out the lawn and sod or seed a new one, use a herbicide to kill the myrtle, or physically remove the entire spread of the plant.

"This plant does not spread by seed, but spreads vegetatively. As the stems grow across the ground, roots are formed at nodes along the stems, allowing the plant to colonize new areas. Myrtle forms a dense mat that will expand indefinitely from its parent, crowding out other low-growing native plants. If planted near a wooded area, vinca will invade the woodland and eventually take over the ground layer if left unchecked. Large areas of myrtle can be seen in the woodlands in northern Ann Arbor along Huron River Drive (west of Main St.), or at Hidden Lake Gardens, located just west of Tipton, Michigan.

To control or eradicate myrtle, pull up the plants and rooted stems. Once the runners are removed, you can also mow the plant. Since all parts of the stem can potentially become a new plant, be sure to remove all the stems. Myrtle is most vulnerable in the spring, when it is putting all its energies into growing and flowering. At this time, you can cut the plants off and apply a glyphosate herbicide. If any new plants emerge after this treatment, dig them up or spot-treat with the herbicide."

PREEMERGENCE HERBICIDES
Devrinol, Hurdle (napropamide)
Factor, Barricade, RegalKade G (prodiamine)
Pendulum, Ornamental Weedgrass Control (pendimethalin)
Treflan (trifluralin)

POST EMERGENCE HERBICIDES
Acclaim Extra (fenoxaprop)
Fusilade II, Ornamec (fluazifop-p-butyl) ***good

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