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Pachysandras

Remove pachysandra using a sharp spade.

How to Fertilize Pachysandra

Pachysandra is a perennial flowering herb that grows from 4 to 9 inches in height. Generally grown as a ground cover in shady gardens, pachysandra blooms in small white or pink flowers in March, April and May. This is a low-maintenance plant that requires only an annual application of fertilizer in the spring.

Sprinkle granular fertilizer on the soil around the pachysandra at the rate suggested on the package for the size of your pachysandra bed. Do not get fertilizer on the foliage, as it may burn it.

Use a hand cultivator or gardening fork to scratch the fertilizer in to the top 1 inch of soil.

Water the pachysandra bed until the top 2 inches of soil is wet.

How to Prune Pachysandra

Revitalize pachysandra every four to six years by clipping it with a lawn mower. This will prevent the plant from becoming too stringy, and will encourage it to fill in any sparse areas. Mow the pachysandra with the mower set at its highest setting.

Prune pachysandra as needed to keep it looking neat. Clip any growth that has become too long, and trim around sidewalks, driveways or steps with hand clippers, or with a weed trimmer.

Rake up the clippings and throw them in the compost pile. Water the pachysandra when you’re finished.

How to Care for Pachysandra

Grow pachysandra in well-draining soil in a shady area. Spring and fall are the best times to plant pachysandra.

Water the plant regularly and deeply, at least once a week, to maintain a moist soil.

Fertilizing the pachysandra will only need to be done once, in the spring. Apply a slow-release plant food, according to bed size and package directions.

Pachysandra does not require pruning. If the plant is spreading into other areas, you can trim it back with small clippers.

Keeping the planting bed free of debris and dead organic matter will provide a pest-free environment for the pachysandra. It is prone to two different types of scale and both can be managed with insecticide. Your cooperative extension service or local nursery can help you to determine which variety of scale has infected your plant. Pachysandra is also prone to a fungus disease called blight that can be treated with a fungicide.

How to Control Pachysandra

Manually remove pachysandra if the infestation is small. Use a pitchfork to dig down into the soil and remove the entire stem and root system.

Add a glyphosate-based herbicide to a tank sprayer at the rate suggested on the herbicide label.

Use a tarp to cover any desirable landscape plants in the area where the pachysandra is growing.

Spray the pachysandra with the herbicide until it is drenched and the product is dripping off the leaves. Do not water the area for at least 24 hours.

Til the area when the pachysandra has died and rake up the dried plant material. Wait two weeks. If the pachysandra grows back, reapply the herbicide.

How to Remove Pachysandra

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.

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.

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.

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.