Is the Wild Garlic Dying

Asked April 9, 2020, 1:20 PM EDT

Last year we bought a property that has a lawn full of wild garlic and we want to get rid of. We noticed that the tops of it are turning yellow. Does this mean it's dying on its own or will it make a comeback? Also not sure if mowing it will keep it from dying, keep it alive or not make a difference. Please advise. Thank you!!

Montgomery County Maryland

1 Response

Hi - Wild garlic is a perennial plant, which means it will come back year after year. It grows from bulbs that persist in the soil, even after the top growth dies down in the warm weather. It is typically most noticeable in lawns during the cool spring before mowing begins. Mowing will not kill it. Here is our page about wild garlic and how to manage it in a lawn. https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/wild-garlic-wild-onions

Please note with regard to lawn weed removal: Montgomery County’s pesticide law bans the use of most synthetic pesticides, including herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides on private lawns, playgrounds, mulched recreation areas,

and childcare facilities. Organic pesticides are allowed. There are some exemptions for the use of synthetic pesticides, including for biting insects, indoor pests, and tree and shrub pests.

Go to the following website for information regarding the law and organic lawn care information, www.MontgomeryCountyMD.gov/lawns You can also ask them questions. Email AskDep@MontgomeryCountyMD.gov or call 240-777-0311.

Christa