Removing Yucca Permanently
Written by Lee Wyatt (last updated August 9, 2021)
If you have never had to experience the difficulty of trying to remove a yucca plant, then consider yourself lucky. Removing yucca permanently can easily be considered one of the most difficult tasks in gardening and landscaping. The reason for this is actually quite simple—it is an exceptionally tenacious plant. Though it may require a little bit of effort on your part, it is possible to remove a yucca plant permanently from your yard. All you really need to do is follow these guidelines, and stick with it.
- Be dedicated. Before going into the task of removing yucca permanently you need to realize that it will be a difficult one. This means that you will need to be dedicated to what you are going to do, and not give up right away, or even after a couple of days. To truly remove a yucca permanently will require a lot of time and effort on your part, so be ready to get to work.
- Prepare the area. One of the best ways to make the job of removing yucca permanently is to literally soak the ground around it. Most times you want to avoid overwatering a plant, but in this case go for it. By soaking the ground you will be able to loosen the soil, which will allow the roots to slide out and limit the possibility of breaking.
- Dig, and dig deep. To remove a yucca, you need to dig it out. This will require that you dig down, and around the plant itself. In fact it will be best if you dig an area around the plant that is around three times the size of the plant itself. This should allow you to be able to avoid all of the roots, or at the very least most of them. As you begin digging, avoid cutting into the roots or you will make the task of removing the yucca much harder.
- Remove every single root. Once you have removed the vast majority of the yucca plant, conduct a careful search of the hole in the ground. Remove every single root from the yucca plant that you can find, even if it looks like it is too small to be able to grow back easily. Yucca plants can come back from even the smallest of roots, so be thorough in your inspection.
- Use stump killer. To truly be sure that you have removed your yucca plant permanently, use a little bit of stump killer. Pour some of the stump killer into the hole that you made, and it will kill off the roots that were left behind. Be aware that this will also kill any other plants that you have in that area. That being said, you can start growing plants there again in a month or two.
- If all else fails, hire professionals. Your last option for removing yucca permanently is to hire a professional to do it for you. While it may cost more money, you can be pretty much certain that the plant will be removed, and it won't be you that has to do the work.