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How to Get Rid of Pinedrops

    • 1). Dig up the pinedrops in the fall, before the ground freezes, or in spring, after the last frost and when the ground has softened. Choose a time before July, when pinedrops have a chance to fruit and release seeds.

    • 2). Using the blade of a garden shovel, score a circle in the ground around the pinedrops that is at least 3 inches in diameter. Pinedrops root masses rarely exceed a 3-inch diameter. Pinedrops do, however, typically grow near the roots of pine or fir trees. Take care when scoring the ground, and work around the tree roots to avoid damaging them.

    • 3). Enter the scored line with the garden shovel and begin excavating a trench around the pinedrops plant to reveal the exterior of the root ball. Remove soil from around tree roots as needed. Continue digging down until the bottom of the root ball is reached. Gently scrape away any pinedrops roots that are stuck to tree roots.

    • 4). Pull the plant from the soil once the roots are adequately loosened. Place the plant in a paper bag for disposal in the garbage, or place it in a compost pile.

    • 5). Backfill the hole and cover any exposed tree roots with the excavated soil. Tamp the surface firmly.

    • 6). Cover the ground where the pinedrops were removed with mulch. Mulch will block new pinedrops as well as other weeds from emerging. Possible types of mulch include bark chips, lawn and garden clippings, leaves, straw and pine needles. Replenish the mulch every couple of years as it decomposes.

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