How to Eradicate Ground Elder from a Border Area

To eradicate ground elder from a border, try this slightly unorthodox method.


  1. 1
    Lift all the flower or other plants that you want to preserve up from the border. They may be roses, flocks, jasmine, and other flowers or herbs, shrubs, etc. Carefully lift the plants and keep them up from the ground until you can return them to the ground elder free border.
  2. 2
    Wash all the roots with a pressure hose. Unpick any ground elder roots. Keep all the plants in water in trugs in the shade.
  3. 3
    Remove the top growth of ground elder. Rotate the soil to about 9".
  4. 4
    Rake off as much root as possible. Repeat the rotation and raking.
  5. 5
    Make suitably sized holes for the clean plants. Try to remove as much root as possible from within the holes.
  6. 6
    Once a week for six months when watering the plants, pull up any new leaves that will often come up, with short chopped up roots while the soil is loose.
  7. 7
    When the soil becomes compacted again, squirt any new growth with Verdone. Use a pressure spray pot with the jet set on accurate jet, not spray, being careful to avoid the plants.
    • Verdone will prove very effective. You should now only find perhaps three leaves in the entire border.
  8. 8
    Mash up the roots in the ground into short pieces. This reduces the reserve root system to such a degree that it can't withstand the Verdone, which is exactly the opposite of normal advice. It should prove very satisfying to have virtually beaten the ground elder pest.


  • If the shot with the jet accidentally wets any part of the plants, pull that piece of plant off.

Things You'll Need

  • Pressure hose
  • Gardening gloves
  • Rotary hoe
  • Verdone

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