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Question: 323-5201
We have Loosestrife taking over the entire backyard. What can we do to contain it? Maggie, Newport, RI

Mort's Answer:
Loosestrife will grow in wet, marshy areas with a low ph. You can mow with a brush cutter at about 3"-4". Eventually, the roots will rot. A less rotten approach would be to add limestone twice a year. A late May first application will help dry it up and probably burn it, if it's an especially hot day. Limestone will also help dry up the area and raise the ph. I would use both the mechanical and the chemical methods.

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