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    My mother-in-law planted mint eons ago and we have been trying to get rid of it ever since as it is threatening our other gardens. It has taken over the tulip bed - we dug the entire bed out. But it has spread into the grass and into the rock garden. How do I get rid of it totally without digging the lawn and other gardens out?

  • #2
    Hi Trish,
    You might want to try horticultural vinegar. Do be careful with it as it can kill other plants and grass.

    http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr/2002/020515.htm
    http://www.greensense.net/vinegar.html

    Newt

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    • #3
      -smile-
      Hi, I'm new.
      And I wanted to say thank you for this post.
      I have been wondering how one gets rid of renegade mint.
      A friend of mine has a whole flower bed of it against his will.
      We dig the whole thing up and put down fresh diet and everything and it just comes back.

      Can you purchase horticultural vinegar from a Pikes or somewhere like that?

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      • #4
        Hi Lantanamista,
        Welcome!! With mint, I would say keep digging and try the vinegar. I don't know what Pikes is, but if it's a big box store, I would think not. Try calling around to some larger nurseries or a feed store or farm supply. There are sites online. If you need them, let me know.

        Newt

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        • #5
          Thank you, Newt!

          (Pikes is a huge chain nursery around here)

          I'll try looking around here and hopeful won't have to hit you up for those links to purchase on line.

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          • #6
            Lantanamista,
            You're so very welcome! Hope you can find it at Pikes. You could always make lots of mint iced tea! :?

            Newt

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            • #7
              when i was younger i went to a naibor hood yard sale and bought a mint tea plant for a quarter and it completly took over! the whole yard was taken over... i don't know how to get rid of it, but it smells great. all i can say is read alot about the plants before you plant them

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              • #8
                Wish I were so lucky...

                Hi all. I have to say I'm jealous of everyone who has mint problems; I've been trying to get mine to grow for a while now, and I'm worried it's about to give up soon. I'm willing to trade mint plants if anyone's looking for the fast-dying variety! :)

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                • #9
                  How do you make mint iced tea? (Guess this is a "Duh" question.. LOL!)
                  You pour hot water over mint leaves & leave to cool?? :P

                  Yools
                  (who has lots of mint, and loves the smell, & does not want to get rid of it)

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                  • #10
                    hi Yools,

                    looks like we may be the only ones hangin around these boards... yes, you make mint iced tea exactly like you describe or you can use tea bags and mint.

                    *

                    here is a link...

                    http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/reci..._21110,00.html

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                    • #11
                      i'm green with envy!* i can't manage to get mint to grow AT ALL !!!!

                      sama

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                      • #12
                        hi,i'mnew.myfirsttryatgrowingmintwaswithlamb'sear.iplantedonetinyplantandittookover.idugitupandputitinmycompostpileandittookrootagainandcamebackwithbiggerthanever.idon'tmindcauseit'ssopretty.ifyouhaven'thadmuchluckwithmintmaybetrylamb'sear.

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                        • #13
                          I dug out all the roots.* Any time I saw it... out it went.* I now host mint in a strawberry planter.

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                          • #14
                            My granny did the same thing with lamb's ear and it worked just fine. :)

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                            • #15
                              yes I had a proble with it too, just had to keep digging it out till it was gone. I now plant it in a pot.

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