Recycling Your Pachysandra

When you pull out the pachysandra that’s growing in places you don’t want, what do you do with it?  The easiest thing, of course, is to throw it away.  I admit to doing that sometimes, but often I recycle it.  Here’s how:

Knot Your Pachysandra Before Planting It

After removing any lower leaves and cutting the root so the plant is no more than about eight-ten inches long from one end to the other, tie the root in a knot before planting your pachysandra in your garden.  The plants most likely to succeed are those with hairy roots.

If you don’t have a place in your own yard to plant pachysandra, offer some to a neighbor or friend.  When I was a 20–something first-time homeowner, members of Crofton Village Garden Club shared with me their pachysandra, hostas, mums and bulbs – a generous gift that saved me a lot of money and gave them much satisfaction for sharing the fruits of their own gardening labor.

‘Don’t have time or desire to knot those roots on plants you’re giving away?  Just put your plants in a bucket of water and tell the recipient how to prepare and knot them. That knowledge is a gift they’ll appreciate for even longer than those plants, and it will probably be passed on to future generations of gardeners.

P.S. You can also plant your excess pachysandra in a flat to sell at your local flea market or plant sale.

By Margaret Woda

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For more information about joining Crofton Village Garden Club, contact President Sunny Frank, 301-261-6181.

Crofton Village Garden Club is a member of Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland, District II

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