This is one of the common problem dealt by gardeners, or the people having garden in their homes. Ground elder is a type of plant just like a Cauliflower, its roots start to develop in spring and are initially just small leaf like green plants. Then, in autumn it takes the shape of green pointed shoots and slowly it starts to turn black. It is somehow an automated plant and people usually find ways to get rid of it.
Last year, many searches in Google zeitgeist were recorded about this issue. That’s the reason many articles are jotted to give the solution of it. While dealing with Ground Elder infestation, we have to keep in mind that we don’t have lots of options. Our options are limited. Its Off White roots are very long dug down into the ground, so digging or hoeing is not the best option for its removal. If you cut it from anywhere, its roots are deep down and it will eventually regrow.
If you disturb this root, it will be a problem for you. The best option we have is to use an herbicide, especially glyphosate based herbicide. Many of you have already tried this but there is another issue. For killing the strong weed like Ground elder, you need an herbicide with high concentration of glyphosate. The best time for its application is when it is green. The darker the leaves get, it becomes more rubbery and tough to be killed.
Just start getting on with your gardening, without any fear that it may spread and apply glyphosate with your high strength. Remember, Glyphosate is weather sensitive and it requires almost four weeks to show proper affect. You have to be patient. When you apply glyphosate, remember that there is no direct sunlight, the best application time for it is at evening. So there is a bit chance of evaporating and herbicide may fathom its work properly.
After it is dead, you should dig down and pluck off all the dead ground elder roots. You have to wait for 2 to 3 weeks to see that if there is a regrowth or not. Interesting thing is, you will find a little amount of regrowth. Once again apply this method again. Until there is not a single root of Ground Elder and your Ground Elder removal is complete.
As this weed is one of the most difficult weed to remove for gardeners. There are many other ways discovered by gardeners by this is the most sound and effective way.