While not very popular these days, yucca’s were a very common perennial found all over the Chicagoland area 20 plus years ago. These plants are durable!! They spread by rhizome and develop a deep tap root which makes them resilient to weather extremes, but very difficult to remove when the time comes for a change. Because of their rather extreme deep growing tap root (sometimes over 15 feet into the ground!!) and vast network of spreading fiberous roots, they cannot be easily eradicated.
Talk about survival of the fittest……. Yucca’s have the physiology to endure and live seemingly forever!!
Even after the initial plant removal (digging out) has been completed, you can count on new plant regrowth 90% of the time. When new yucca plants eventually sprout from the ground they can be pulled by hand, dug out as they appear or a non-selective systemic herbicide may be applied to eliminate the unwanted plants and their comprehensive underground root structure.
So, if you have these hardy perennials growing in your garden and want them removed, please plan on much digging and several growing seasons to finally achieve success.
Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any lawn maintenance, landscape renovation or snow removal service you need completed. Thank you for visiting and have a great day!