Wild garlic control and removal services for residential and commercial properties in east Pennsylvania areas, including Allentown, Bethlehem, and more.
Wild garlic is difficult to control and takes several herbicide treatments to kill the weed.
Although wild garlic is not a dangerous weed, it is very stubborn. The features of the plant affect the impact of post-emergent treatments and there are currently no pre-emergent herbicides that can help abate wild garlic growth.
Our team at Green Turf Care can provide routine post-emergent treatments to your lawn areas afflicted with wild garlic. With regular preventative maintenance, we’ll keep this smelly weed out of your yard so you can start smelling the flowers instead.
Wild garlic is an edible weed whose buds give off a strong garlic smell.
Wild garlic is a part of the onion family along with chives. All parts of the plant are edible and used in various cooking recipes; however, the smell and taste of wild garlic are not as pungent as actual garlic cloves.
True to its name, wild garlic blooms secrete a strong garlic smell, which can linger for hours after mowing the lawn. The leaf foliage is round and hollow with a waxy texture. These characteristics make controlling wild garlic growth far more complicated because the wax coating helps prevent the plant from absorbing the post-emergent.
When and where does wild garlic grow?
Wild garlic is commonly seen in lawns or crop-like and woodland areas with damp and acidic soil. It is a winter perennial that emerges in late fall and grows through the winter and spring.
These plants produce tiny bulblets (their seeds) at the tips of their leaves. Once the wild garlic dies back in the summer, the bulblets and bulbs lurk underneath the soil and start blooming again in colder weather.
Wild garlic removal and preventative care
Removing wild garlic presents a different challenge than other weeds. The bulbs and bulblets can remain dormant in the soil for up to 6 years while the plant waits for the right growing conditions. Mowing, hand pulling, or treating the area with herbicides doesn’t affect the bulbs underneath the soil.
Digging out the bulbs is an option, but it can be a daunting task if the wild garlic has infested a large portion of your property. Another issue is that there is currently no pre-emergent herbicides that can fully treat wild garlic.
The best method is applying multiple post-emergent treatments and being persistent with preventative care. Post-emergent should be sprayed for more than one season. Wild garlic is treated in November and requires another herbicide application in the winter or early spring before producing more bulbs in March.
Mowing your grass right before will improve the uptake absorption. Once the post-emergent is applied, lawns should not be cut for another two weeks. You will need to continue monitoring your yard and reapplying post-emergent as necessary to prevent the wild garlic from resurfacing.
We provide persistent wild garlic post-emergent weed control services that keep lawns smell-free.
If you’re tired of having your yard smell like garlic after mowing the lawn, Green Turf Care can provide wild garlic post-emergent treatments that will help your yard remain smell-free!
Our wild garlic weed control services are performed multiple times throughout the year for residential and commercial properties located in Allentown, Bethlehem, Emmaus, and nearby areas in Pennsylvania. Keep the garlic in the kitchen by calling (484) 452-3595.