Q: The last two years I have been getting more and more thistles in my garden. I've tried to kill them with bleach and lawn killer....any suggestions how to get rid of them?
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When applying an herbicide, be careful not to
get it on other, desired plants as the herbicide cannot tell which plant you
want to kill and which plant you don't. To protect neighboring plants, you
can shield them with a piece of cardboard held between them and the thistle
If you are averse to using chemicals, you can pour boiling water on the
thistle's root system (I've found this to be a very effective way to
discourage ants from nesting in between our patio stones).
As long as the
boiling water doesn't come in contact with the root systems of desired
plants, this can be an effective method. You would need to repeat this as
often as needed until you've gotten rid of the thistle.