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Old 05-20-2007, 03:24 PM
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When I bought my house 14 years ago there were orange daylilies (the ones they call ditch lilies) in a corner of the backyard and lily of the valley in another corner. In a few years I realized the daylilies were out of hand and dug most out, but in those days my back was in a lot better shape. They and the lily of the valley have spread quite a bit. A flowering almond I planted a few years ago is now surrounded by lily of the valley and some of the branches are dying. Is it getting choked out? If I cover them over with black plastic for a few months will they die off like grass does? Their roots are so dense! Any suggestions, especially bad-back-friendly suggestions would be very welcome.
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Old 05-20-2007, 07:47 PM
Location: a primitive state
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I'm not sure that the lilies are choking out the almond or not. If you can dig them out without damaging the tree's roots you can do it as an experiment. More than likely the almond has another problem that is causing the dieback. Not knowing your location, the recent weather, and seeing it for myself, all I can provide is a guess.

You'll notice, if you read other posts in this forum, several of us frequently recommend talking to your county extension agent. He or she should be able to help you free of charge.
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Old 05-23-2007, 09:56 AM
Location: friendswood texas
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Wish I could give you an easy answer. In my mother's yard back in Ohio we had tons of the ditch lilies and lillies of the valley too. Unfortuately the only way we could keep them in control was to dig em up. I think if you do it in the spring when they just come up the roots won't be quite as bad. You could also run them over with the lawnmower to cut them down. That's what we would do in the fall when they had stopped blooming. I was my mom's grunt for jobs like these. She didn't dig I did. Maybe you could hire a neighborhood kid to dig for you.
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