Asked September 14, 2018, 3:25 PM EDT

Along the back of our property line, in front of the woods, we have many snakeroot plants and want to kill them off before they go to seed. Can you help me, please?

Kendall County Illinois

1 Response

Cutting the plants back before or during flowering but before seed development will prevent seed development and reduce the amount of seed in the soils seed bank.

Plants can be hand pulled, this is best done while they are young before they develop rhizomes. Once rhizomes develop any pieces left in the ground can produce new growth.

Herbicides such as glyphosate can also be used to control it.