What will kill asparagus ferns?

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Glyphosate will kill asparagus ferns (Asparagus aethiopicus, A. densiflorus, A. sprengeri).

Specifically, glyphosate is the active ingredient in Round-Up. A particularly effective treatment is 1 percent solution of glyphosate to 0.25 percent surfactant. Follow-up treatments may be needed before the asparagus fern population is removed totally from the landscape.

Generally, weed problems may be solved by an attack plan of constant cutting down to the ground, controlled burning, and glyphosate. The initial reaction to the cutting initially may be vigorous regrowth. But the constant cutting is a stress that wears away at the plant in question.

Also, specifically in terms of the asparagus fern, it helps to remove as much of the root system as possible. As is the case with herbaceous and woody plants, growth begins from the roots.
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