Wild Garlic Control

Wild garlic

Joey Williamson, Ph.D.
Home & Garden Information Center

Wild garlic is a cool-season, perennial weed that can invade any lawn, but becomes especially noticeable in dormant, warm-season turfgrasses. This weed emerges from bulbs in the fall, and continues to grow throughout the winter and spring, towering above straw-colored, dormant turfgrasses. Wild garlic reproduces primarily by producing bulb offsets below ground, but also forms flower stalks that make seeds as well as aerial bulbs. New underground, offset bulbs are typically formed in March, and it is from these small, new bulbs that additional foliage will arise resulting in the very large clumps seen in spring. For information on the control of wild garlic in the home lawn, see the revised fact sheet HGIC 2311, Wild Garlic & Wild Onion.

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