Garlic Chives – Killing

Q: Many years ago in a momentary lapse of reason I planted garlic chives in my herb garden. Now I am finding garlic chives popping up all over my new landscape and they are no longer welcome. What can I use to kill these little monsters?

A: Yes, garlic chives can be quite the traveller! You have to be persistent with two procedures:
First, snip flowers off of the plants whenever seen. This keeps them from going to seed and that is the way they spread most vigorously. Second, buy a water weeder (leevalley.com) and use that to lift clumps of bulbs from the ground. Otherwise you’ll have a hard time getting all of the bulbs from the ground using a trowel. Be persistent and the garlic chives will be gone by summer’s end.