Managing Aggressively Spreading Plants

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John F. Abate is the sole owner of multiple companies, including Marketforce, Wintrack, and Success Publishers, LLC. Outside of his professional life, John F. Abate enjoys gardening.

One thing every gardener eventually deals with is aggressively growing plants. If left too long, an aggressive species can begin to choke out the other plants in your garden. Fortunately, there are precautions you can take to help prevent this from happening to your garden.

Plants spread in one of two ways, through seeds or through their root system. The type of propagation your plant utilizes will dictate the method you use to prevent spreading.

For plants that spread through seeding, deadheading the flowers before the plants go to seed will prevent the process entirely. To deadhead a plant, wait until the flower is starting to die and cut it off. The plant will focus its energy on growing the flower again instead of growing seeds.

For plants that spread through their root system, your best defense is to plant them in a pot. Bury the pot partially in the ground after drilling or cutting a hole in the bottom for drainage. The hole will also allow your plant’s roots to grow further down into the soil without letting them spread.

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