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7/17/12 9:11 P

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Have you tried drilling into the remaining root and poured gas on it and set it on fire? might have to burn it out. good luck... let us know what you find out!



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I see, this is Expert Advice, not ask the Expert.

Thank you Lecates, I'll re-post.

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7/17/12 2:46 P

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You should post this on Ask the Expert? maybe our master gardener has a solution---never heard of them myself.

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We moved into our current home 12 years ago, and one of the reasons we bought this home is that previous owner(s) had made flower gardens on the east side of the house, plus the north and south sides of the house back to the fence, which was at the very rear of the house. The back yard was similarly gardened and had a Rose of Sharon that was about 4 feet tall.

One of the things that gave the house curb appeal was a very large Century plant growing on the southeast corner - in full bloom.

The next spring, we removed some plants from the back yard and added some Stella D'Oros and a few other things. I trimmed the Rose of Sharon back 1/3 and fed it. It bloomed very heavily and grew more than a foot past where it had been the year before.

In the front and on the sides of the house, we were happy with the look, and except for pruning some plants and feeding each of them a little, we did nothing.

The next spring, by wife decided she wanted to replace the Century plant with something that was bright and bloomed as long into the fall as possible, so I went out to dig it up - noticed there were now Two Century plants. I dug down about 18 inches and cut the roots ( had no idea how deep their roots would go).

It was early summer before we got back to plant (I can't remember the name) my DW's bush. Is I added mulch and compost, I hit Century Plant roots at about 4 inches deep. Puzzled, I helped my wife plant her nice blooming plant in another location and went back to work on killing the Century Plant. Digging back down to about one foot, I pretty much soaked it in Round-up. Three weeks later I went back, expecting to find a dead plant.

Surprise! Not only was it not dead, but the top was at ground level.

This time, I cut the thing back to under the 12 inches into the ground and doused them with Brush killer.. Now into the summer, I went back and it looked as if I had fertilized them. The plant was back to ground level. Those stupid plants were making me angry, so I cut them back again and poured sulfuric acid two inches over the top of the things.

One thing led to another in our garden, so it wasn't until fall that I made it back to the Century plant. Just peaking above ground I could see the leaves of both plants. Suffering from Garden frustration, I dug town four feet (really hard work and below the foundation of my house), and poured a gallon of Nitric acid over the roots and filled the hole back in.

That was three years ago. I wanted to plant another Rose of Sharon (you can visit my Spark Page and see how my first one is doing). Lo and behold, those two plants were again above ground, about 6 inches tall. I cut them off at the ground and put stump killer on them. I had tried every trick I knew to kill these blasted plants and they have just kept coming back.

Doing some research, I found that man had eradicated the only know insect that could kill these plants.

I went to my county extension agent last week, explained my problem and asked him what else I could do.

His answer was not the least bit comforting.

He said, "Move. And to be on the safe side, don't take any of the shovels you've used in your efforts to kill the plant. Burn them. Sprinkle gas over them and burn them. Pour acid over the metal, wrap them in paper and put them in your trash. You'll never kill them and whatever you plant there will be crowded out even if you can auger out the holes 6' deep and fill the holes with acid. It might take a couple of years, but they'll just come back."

I have been in sort of a gardening stupor since then and have come to the place where there are a large number of gardeners.

Can the experts help me? Does anyone have experience with killing these monsters?

At this point, I'm thinking maybe we should move, but somehow that seems like cowardice to me.

Or, maybe, I should take Kenny Rogers advice and "Know when to fold 'em".

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