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Removing crawling Günsel from the lawn - 4 different methods presented


The creeping Günsel brings magical splashes of color to the lawn, but if he spreads too much, you won't be able to control him anymore. Read here about the methods with which it can be removed.

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The creeping Günsel has a pretty flower and with its shiny, evergreen foliage is an ornament for every garden even in winter. Added to this is its importance as a medicinal plant. A herb tincture can heal wounds faster. Günseltee helps with rheumatism or respiratory problems. The herb is also tasty and can round off the taste of salads or fruit desserts.

In all eulogies, the plant also has dark sides. The term creeping Günsel can be traced back to the numerous runners that the plant forms. These foothills migrate across the ground and root in new places. This is certainly an advantage if a fast growing ground cover is desired. However, if you do not consider this and react appropriately when planting, you will soon lose the joy of the creeping Günsel, because the plants crawl freely through the beds and colonize the lawn. Here you can find out how to keep the joy of the pretty plant and how to put the garden bum into its place in just a few steps.

Set crawling Günsel limits when planting

When planting, it should be borne in mind that the creeping Günsel intends to spread extremely if one does not intervene accordingly. As an extensive ground cover, the labiate is of course a first choice. But mostly the space in the bed is limited and some hobby gardeners begin to despair when the plant begins its conquest through the garden.

You can counter the uncontrolled growth particularly effectively by inserting a root barrier, because once the Günsel has penetrated your lawn, it is difficult to remove it there. Root barriers consist of a stable geotextile and prevent the plant's foothills from planning their way into the adjacent lawn. The root barrier is used when planting at a reasonable distance from the root ball.

" Tip: Let the root barrier protrude a few centimeters from the ground.

Help, Günsel crawling in the lawn

If your lawn suddenly appears full of blue spots, this is not really a wanted sight, but a clear sign that the creeping Günsel has successfully spread there. You can now tear off the blue flowers or mow the lawn without further ado. Of course, the plants have not really disappeared. If you want to permanently remove the crawling Günsel from the lawn, you have to take harsher measures.

Remove Günsel from the lawn - 4 measures exactly explained

If the Günsel has already reached the lawn and is spreading happily there, only your courageous intervention will help. You have several options here:

❍ Root lock
❍ bed border
❍ Cut out
❍ pruning

Apply a root barrier

❶ Find location
❷ Dig out the planting hole
❸ Place root lock
Einsetzen Insert the plant
❺ Cultivate the plant as usual

Root barriers should already be applied during planting. They can also be used retrospectively, but this is associated with more effort. So get yourself a root barrier when you get the plant.

1 Rhizome barrier / root barrier thickness 2 mm, width 70 cm,… 2 reviews66,90 €To the shop

Lift the planting hole to a sufficient size. As a rule, the planting hole should cover twice the root ball. When using the root barrier, you should dig out the soil as far as you want the plant to spread. Before the Creeping Günsel is planted, place the root barrier in a ring in the planting hole and close it with special clamps, which are usually included in the scope of delivery. Now the plant can be planted as usual. Due to the tight and light and air impermeable material, the foothills will not find a way and will not be able to reach the adjacent lawn.

" Attention: Make sure that the root barrier protrudes a few centimeters from the ground, because the foothills run above ground.

Attach the border

❶ Select location
❷ Dig out the planting hole
Einsetzen Insert the plant
❹ Close the planting hole
❺ Attach the bed border

An effective method is also to attach a bed border. This measure is particularly recommended for beds that border directly on a lawn. To do this, first place the plant in the ground as usual. The bed border is then attached. There are different options. Bed borders are made of stone, plastic or metal. In any case, the material should be stable and not only be placed in the ground, but also look a good way out to block the path of the above-ground foothills.

Cut out crawling Günsel

❶ Dig out the plant over a large area
❷ remove all roots
❸ Pay attention to the removal of the main root

If the plants have already penetrated the lawn, only radical removal will help. However, you should do this carefully and remove all roots. It is particularly important to remove the main root, otherwise the effect of the action is short-lived. Because then it doesn't take long and the plant spreads again very quickly.

Cut back crawling Günsel

The creeping Günsel not only multiplies through runners, the plants also sow themselves. So that the fruits and seeds cannot even develop, you should intervene courageously and remove any faded parts of the plant immediately. The seeds will not only develop new plants in the immediate vicinity, but will also be carried on by birds or small animals.

An overview of the individual methods

root barrier
  • The root barrier should already be used during planting.

  • Rootlocks have no effect on the creeping Günsel if they are completely buried in the ground.

  • Since the foothills multiply above ground, the root locks should protrude a few centimeters from the ground.
bed enclosure
  • Bed borders make sense if the location of the plant borders directly on the lawn.

  • Bed borders are available in different materials.

  • It is important that the bed border appears stable and impermeable and also protrudes from the ground.
  • If the runners have already spread out on the lawn, the plants must be removed manually.

  • It is not enough to dig up the crawling Günsel superficially.

  • In order to achieve a lasting effect, all roots must be removed completely.

  • If the main root has been forgotten, the plant will quickly sprout from the remains of the root.
  • Pruning makes sense because the plants sow themselves and continue to multiply.

  • If you cut back faded flowers regularly, the plant grows all the stronger and bushier.

That helps permanently

Regular cutting can make the Günsel briefly disappear, but not permanently remove it. If the plant is to be completely removed, the soil around the Günsel must be dug up over a large area. The plant is then pulled out with the roots. Now use a digging fork and remove the main root.

" Tip: Plant waste does not have to be disposed of. Creeping Günsel is a medicinal plant in which the parts of the plant are edible.