LIRIOPE…….. Can you please GET THAT PLANT OUT OF HERE!
Updated: Oct 18, 2021
When walking through shady areas, mainly on older, more mature landscapes, I occasionally notice a very special low-growing perennial that has a tendency to sneak it’s way around a plant bed, even spreading well into adjacent lawn areas.
The persistent perennial I speak of is called liriope (aka Monkey Grass, Lilyturf or Border Grass).
What makes liriope so special is even though it is very small in size, it is very difficult to completely remove and has a tendency to spread (variety dependent). Complete physical removal usually takes multiple tries, over several years. Even non-selective liquid herbicides like glyphosate may only be partially effective due to the plants tuberous root system.
IT IS VERY COMMON TO FIND LIRIOPE GROWING IN NEW LAWN AREAS THAT WERE ONCE PLANT BEDS!
The moral of my story is this, start removing liriope early. Begin digging out your unwanted liriope plants now to eventually reclaim precious planting bed space or to clear the way for a new lawn. Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any questions you may have or if we can be of service to you. Thanks for visiting our site and have a great day!