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Old 03-30-2019, 07:57 PM   #1
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Zombie plants, that won't die no matter how hard you trim them


Some of you on the board have expressed some consternation about shrubs that don't grow back after they've been cut back hard, eaten by deer, or otherwise hacked up too much.

There are other plants, though that won't die, no matter how you cuss, cut, etc.

I thought I'd offer a list, then ask the rest of you to add your own, to help DIY Chatroom denizens plan their yards a bit.

Botanical names help, but if you don't know I'm happy to find out. It's important to know the difference between English Ivy and that ivy that covers the walls of Ivy League schools.

Ash (Fraxinus)
English Ivy (Hedera)
Brazilian Pepper tree (Schinus)
Ficus, pretty much all of them.

There's more, but I thought I'd get the party started.
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Ayuh,..... My favorite,..... Lilacs,.....
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I no long remember the name but a garden in our house had some lovely-looking late summer/early fall annuals. Very tall (~4'), bright yellow flower that looked like a large daisy. The looked pretty the first couple of years then holy doodle, they started to take over the lawn and rest of the garden. I re-did the garden a couple of years ago; rototilled the begeezuz out of it, picked bits and pieces of root and tuber out of the soil and got most of it but if I let the lawn go a bit I can still see shoots coming up.


Lilacs - I think they like to be beaten up every now and then to keep them healthy.


Forgot - Hostas. Pretty hard to kill although deer treat them like a salad buffet.
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Ayuh,..... My favorite,..... Lilacs,.....
I'm laughing my mom loved hers, tell us more! Ayuh!
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I no long remember the name but a garden in our house had some lovely-looking late summer/early fall annuals. Very tall (~4'), bright yellow flower that looked like a large daisy. The looked pretty the first couple of years then holy doodle, they started to take over the lawn and rest of the garden. I re-did the garden a couple of years ago; rototilled the begeezuz out of it, picked bits and pieces of root and tuber out of the soil and got most of it but if I let the lawn go a bit I can still see shoots coming up.


Lilacs - I think they like to be beaten up every now and then to keep them healthy.


Forgot - Hostas. Pretty hard to kill although deer treat them like a salad buffet.
Oh lordy, I'd forgotten about the Hostas from Hell at my brother's house when we first moved there in the 1970s and I was charged with their murder.

Not easy, whoo-hoo-hoo-noo!
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Boxwood and Holly; once established they are hard to wreck. Get prickly holly if you have deer problems. You can prune them back to ground level and they will come back. Euonymous is good too but deer consider them dessert.
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Oh lordy, I'd forgotten about the Hostas from Hell at my brother's house when we first moved there in the 1970s and I was charged with their murder.

Not easy, whoo-hoo-hoo-noo!

I actually don't mind them because they are maintenance free but they can get so big you have to split the root ball and they can be stinkin' heavy. We have an area along the edge of our tree line we call the 'hosta graveyard' where we put root surplus root sections and they thrive.


We also have a lot of wild lillies (day lillies, tiger lillies, etc.). They nice and maintenance free but I've run out of places to put them. Some end up on the brush/leaf pile and they still take.


Another is staghorn sumac. Their description as "vigorous" is a gross understatement. People that purposely cultivate this plant need therapy.
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Ooo-whoo-hoo yeah.

Mexican primrose. Mommy, no no no no no . . . .
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I do bee-leeve I done touched a NERVE.

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Hockey is great!
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Eucalyptus! From Hell!
Morning glory (Convovulus, Ipomeia)
Asparagus sprengeri
"Spider plant"
and the infamous
Purple Nut Sedge!
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Privet Hedge or however you spell it. I would love to plant some cane in it's place but afraid it will spread like craze also.

And what ever the blame vines are out back.
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Ontario has lots of zombie plants. Just about any weed killer that actually works is illegal. I gotta figure California must be pretty close to our situation.


I attack yellow nutsedge with needle nose pliers --- pull it out as soon as I see it. I'm winning.
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Ayuh,...... Bamboo,.....

I once had a parkin' lot start growin' softball sizes bumps,......
Bamboo shoots from the hedgerow, 10' away,.....

Clorox'ed 'em,.....
Then the owner killed what was in the hedgerow,.....

Dandelions will grow through blacktop too,.....
When We prep a stone driveway, ya gotta turn the entire root, maybe 6"- 8" deep to kill 'em,.....

If ya leave any taproot unturned, in a couple weeks, the bumps start growin',....
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