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How To Prune Ornamental Lawns With Care – Part 1: How To Cut Down On Ornamentals Without Overdoing It?
If you are not familiar with the term “ornaments”, then you probably have never heard it before. If you have ever seen a lawn ornament, then you know exactly what I mean when I say that they are usually very large and colorful. They may be hanging from the ceiling or even attached to the ground. These types of decorations make your lawn look much better than it really is. You see, these decorative plants do not only attract attention; they also provide shade for other plants in your garden which helps keep them healthy and looking their best too.
The problem is, they can become quite invasive and take over your yard. They may even compete with native plants for space and sunlight. They also block out the sun so well that you cannot enjoy the beauty of the day without having to cover up during those times when you want to enjoy it.
So what does one do about all this?
Well, there are two ways of dealing with these types of problems. One way is to remove them completely by cutting down on their numbers. The other way is to train and restrain them so that they do not overtake everything in your yard. Both ways are good; it just depends on how much of a commitment you have to this problem and how much time you want to spend on fixing it.
If you really want to solve the problem for good, then you are going to have to get rid of all the ornamental plants in your yard. I am afraid that there is no way around this problem. These plants have become much too invasive and it is going to take a lot more than a trim to get them under control. You will need to get rid of all of the roots and stems if you ever hope to reclaim your yard from these beasts.
The first step is finding all of the root systems for each ornamental plant. This will be the hardest part because they spread out very quickly and tend to intertwine with each other as they do so. After you have found all of the root systems, you will need to get rid of them. To do this, you can either dig them all up and take out as much of the root system as you can, or you can use some sort of chemical to kill the roots. Powerful herbicides will work very well for this purpose.
Just be sure to follow all safety instructions and wear the right protective gear while using it.
Once you have gotten rid of the root systems, you need to remove all the ornamental plants that are still attached to your yard. These will be much easier to get rid of because they will probably come up easily if you just pull on them. Try to pull them all out and throw them in the trash so that they don’t spread any further.
Once you have gotten rid of all the ornamental plants, you need to take care of their legacy. The seeds that they have left in the soil will allow new ornamental plants to grow back in their place if you leave them alone. To prevent this, you will need to get some sort of chemical to put on your soil to kill all the seeds before they have a chance to grow. You can get a product called “Quick Kill” at most garden supply stores which will do a good job of killing the seeds in your soil and preventing new plants from growing. Just like the herbicide, be sure to follow all safety instructions and wear the right protective gear while using it.
Once you have gotten rid of all the ornamental plants and their seeds in your yard, you should be good from any future invasions. The only thing you will have to do is keep up on basic yard maintenance such as mowing the lawn occasionally.
Ornamental plants are a beautiful addition to any yard if they are maintained properly. They should never be allowed to get out of control to the point where they are taking over the entire yard. By taking a little time every year to keep your ornamental plants under control, you can ensure that you will always have a nice green yard without having to fight a never ending battle with aggressive vines and shrubs.
Sources & references used in this article:
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Growing native Hawaiian plants: a how-to guide for the gardener by HL Bornhorst – 2005 – books.google.com
Scientific guide to pest control operations by LC Truman, WL Butts, GW Bennett – 1976 – archive.lib.msu.edu
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