How to Remove Pachysandra


Pachysandra is a low-growing evergreen ground cover. It flourishes in deep or partial shade, making it the perfect choice to plant under trees. When planted 12 inches apart, pachysandra fills in the space within three years. It then grows outside of its intended parameter and can become difficult to control. If you decide to get rid of pachysandra, removing it is a viable option; however, you must get all of the roots for this method to be successful in the long run.

Step 1

Cut parallel lines with a sharp spade about 12 to 14 inches apart into the soil of your pachysandra bed. Test in an area to see how deep the roots are. Digging about 3 inches will usually suffice.

Step 2

Divide the rows into 2- to 3-feet sections. Again, use your spade and dig lines to the same depth as you did in Step 1.

Step 3

Cut under on the long side of each section. Use the spade to cut under to the center of each section and repeat on the other side. Do this for each section of pachysandra.

Step 4

Roll or lift up each section of pachysandra. You can replant it, if desired, or discard it into the trash or local yard-waste facility.

Things You'll Need

  • Spade


  • Caring For Pachysandra
  • Landscape America: Pachysandra
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Melissa Lewis has been a professional writer since 2005. Her work has appeared in various online publications. A former elementary classroom teacher and media specialist, Lewis is also a script writer, with a movie script, "Homecoming," she co-wrote currently in production. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.