How to Get Rid of Wild Onion and Wild Garlic the Organic Way

ProPlugger Co - Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Is this a familiar sight in your yard? Wild onion or wild garlic popping up in your lawn in the winter and early spring? Wild onion, left untreated, can spread and eventually overtake an entire lawn. In fact one of the many aromas of spring is the pungent smell of freshly mowed wild onion! 

 Wild onions are not easily pulled by hand. If you've ever tried to pull a wild onion by the stem, you've found that unless the ground is very moist, the stem breaks off, leaving the bulbs and roots still in the ground.  There are several ways that are recommended for getting rid of wild onion. Spraying with post-emergent herbicide, which can be difficult to apply without harming the surrounding grass and is often ineffective against the waxy, hard-to-penetrate surface. Digging the onions out with a shovel or a trowel is another option, but one which can be difficult as well. Now there's an easy, organic way to plug out wild onions! The ProPlugger 5-IN-1 Planting Tool allows you to pull multiple weeds, one right after another, all from a comfortable standing position. Just "step, twist and pour"! Here's how:

Place the cutting end of the ProPlugger over the area with the wild onion. 

Step down on the foot peg, 

 until the foot peg touches the ground, going down a full 6 inches. 

Give a slight twist on the handle bars,

and pull up. You can continue plugging as many as 5 - 6 onions, one after the other, filling up the shaft of the tube. When the tube is full, simply turn the tool over 

and pour. The plug of wild onion slid right out of the top of the tube. 

Look what we found when we opened up the plug. 

Now, let's address the empty hole left in the ground. We have an opportunity to not only kill any residual fragment of root or bulb, but also to amend and improve the soil by adding organic material back into the hole.

We use common household vinegar to combat possible weed growth, instead of using herbicides. 

Squirt the undiluted vinegar down into the hole and all round, being careful not to spray on the surrounding dormant grass.

Next, fill the hole with compost from your own compost pile or good quality potting mix.

One option to keep from bending over is to place the ProPlugger into the hole and pour the soil down the tube

then gently step on it to firm the area.  

The ProPlugger 5-IN-1 Planting Tool effectively plugs out other deep-tap root weeds such as dandelions, thistles, curly dock and more. The ProPlugger also makes a great bulb planter, annual bedding planter, ground cover planter, lawn plugger, soil sampling tool and drip-edge fertilizing tool