South Carolina gardeners advised on wild onion and garlic

South Carolina garden and greenhouse enthusiasts have been given some advice on dealing with a common problem that bothers growers around the world.

Weeds in the lawn can spoil the effect of otherwise perfectly manicured grass and the Anderson Independent Mail has suggested that horticulture lovers do not accept defeat.

It highlighted wild garlic and wild onion as two pesky weeds to trouble locals and explained that the former can be identified by its "hollow leaves and greenish-white flowers", while the latter has "solid leaves and pink flowers".

While neither will damage the actual grass, they can spoil the appearance – a disturbing prospect for proud garden and greenhouse fans.

The pests will disappear in spring and reappear in the autumn, but gardeners who wish to can pull them out by hand after the soil has been moistened by rainfall.

Those doing so should loosen the earth around the root with a screwdriver and tease the entire weed, bulblets and all, out of the ground.

A few herbicides, such as Weed-B-Gone are effective at dealing with wild garlic and onion and should be used in early December, the newspaper advised.

According to, Anderson, South Carolina, has a mean temperature of 45 degrees F in December.