How to Prevent Mint From Spreading and Taking Over

Peppermint, spearmint, lemon mint (lemon balm), chocolate mint, horse mint, catmint and similar kinds of mint are easy to grow and are very good aromatic additions to the garden or flowerbeds. They do have a drawback, however. Mints tend to be invasive. If steps aren’t taken to prevent it from happening, mint can take over the flowerbed orĀ garden. These plants can be grown in pots, however there is also a way to keep it from spreading out and taking over when it is planted outside. Perhaps no mint is better known for its propensity to spread than peppermint. However, all members of the mint family will spread if the conditions are right. Some species, such as sage, thyme, basil and anise sage spread primarily by seeding themselves. To keep these from spreading, simply remove the blossoms before the seeds have a chance to form. Peppermint, spearmint, lemon mint, catmint and others spread primarily in a different way, however. We’ll use peppermint as a representative example. Mint rhizomes As a peppermint plant grows, it begins to put out underground rhizomes. These roots are usually one to three inches deep and run generally parallel to the surface. They can also grow over two feet in length. From the rhizome, new plants can emerge periodically and once they break the surface, they become self-sufficient plants, which can in turn produce more rhizomes. Many people with lawns are aware of this principle because this is exactly how crab-grass spreads. The rhizomes are actually a Continue Reading →


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Creating a Fragrant Walkway

It is really simple to make a nice, fragrant walkway, if you have a sunny location and flagstones, slate or other flat stones. The idea is to have a walkway that gives off a great aroma when you walk on it. The first step is to choose a location for the path. It needs to be in a place that gets plenty of sunshine and it has to be remembered that the path needs to be wide enough that a person can walk down the trail easily. That would most likely be at least three feet wide. Once the location is selected, the next step would be to dig up the path, removing rocks, pebbles, weeds, grass and debris. Think of it as a place where you are going to put in a garden, because in a way, that is exactly what you will be doing. The soil should be fertile, but it doesn’t need to be extremely rich. If you have clay soil, it would need to be amended before putting in the walkway, because the soil needs to drain well. After the soil has been prepared, top the soil with a mixture of sand and cheap potting soil. This layer only needs to be two to three inches thick, because its purpose is to give the plants a good start. Next, place the stones so they are about two inches apart, on top of the sand and potting soil mixture. This is your chance to be artistic. It Continue Reading →


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