I have a massive daylilly in my garden that has turned above-ground tuberous. I've already dug up and divided all its "babies" which yielded 50+ plants. However the tuberous daylilly is a dreadful eyesore, does not flower, has strange, sharp, spiky leaves, and is as thick and deep as a tree trunk so I can't just dig it up. We don't have a chainsaw to chop it down either. I have tried cutting back anything green and covering it with an upside down garbage can to block all light-- I just looked at it today and it is still happily sending out bright green leaves. Is there anything else I can try short of using herbicides?
how can I kill this plant?
Can you hack at it w/ an axe, pruning saw, sharp shooter shovel, or otherwise start to work it down and out? Maybe drill it in a few places and start to pull it apart? Hammer a screw driver into it here and there and chip it apart?
I had a similar experienc w/ a grapevine that a former owner planted 0" from the house. I couldn't get around it, I couldn't get under it, I couldn't do anything with it, and it kept putting out shoots. Every year I hacked at it a bit, cut off the shoots, did what I could to the stump. I kept it from spouting for a few years and this year wiht the ground very wet I was successful at finally pulling it out.
F$#king daylillies. I am still battling a fair amount in my yard...
I did a lot of research n getting rid of them and the covering them with plastic seems to be the way. Its a long term thing, but the only option unless you can get your hands on some construction equiptment to dig it up.
Good luck! I got most of mine up by getting under them but it was HARD work and I'm still yanking out shoots weekly.