What to Do When Your Mint Has Taken Over
Mint is an amazing plant that I love to use in so many different ways, but you need to be careful with it as it will over take your garden and migrate into your yard. We recently bought a home and have been renovating the interior as well as the exterior. The property had set vacant for about 4 years so there was and is much work to be done. The previous owner at one point had planted mint in the ground next to the house. I am not sure at what point this was done, but know that the mint has had at least 4-5 years with free range to spread and grow as it pleased.
I have spent the last two days removing it from the yard and repotting it into a range of small, medium and large planters which I will keep throughout the yard and give some away as gifts. As I removed this plant I took a photo of some of the roots of the mint, just to share with anyone who might not know how amazing the root structure is for this plant. (and also why you do not want to plant it in your yard or garden) You can see in the photo below that mint will shoot out long roots like a garden hose from which it spreads out into your garden or yard. Along this system shoots of mint will emerge and continue to spread. There is hope, however.
Steps To Remove Mint:
- Loosen soil around the mint plants with a shovel or spade, be mindful not to get too close to the plant as you will just cut into the root system.
- Once you have a loosened the soil, grab ahold of the main vine that grows at the bottom of each plants’ individual roots. You can gently tug upwards to remove it.
- Follow this main vine through your garden or yard like a water hose, tugging gently and pulling upwards to remove.
- Once removed from the yard or your garden gently shake off the remaining dirt and place in a large bucket or bowl of water for about 24hrs. This helps the mints’ roots soak up more moisture and help with the transplant shock that will occur once replanted. And on a warm summer day, these plants need to rehydrate. You can see their root system as shown above. I have filled several large pots with this mint and will be potting them to give away as gifts to friends and family. But I do have a bunch, so anyone else need a mint plant?