How to Get Rid of Stinging Nettles

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Stinging nettles are also referred to as common nettles. This perennial is a flowering weed. Its small, translucent spines deliver formic acid when broken, creating a stinging sensation. When harvested and cooked, this plant can be very nutritional. However, the plant can also cause a person to go into anaphylactic shock and die. These plants also have finger-like roots which allow it to spread very quickly. Use extreme care when removing this plant from your garden.

Things You'll Need

  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Long pants
  • Heavy rubber or leather gloves
  • Hedge trimmers
  • Shovel
  • Herbicide
  • Put on a long-sleeved shirt and long pants before attempting to remove the nettles from your garden.

  • Put on heavy rubber or leather garden gloves before touching the nettles.

  • Cut back the nettles with hedge trimmers until there is only a short base left of the plant.

  • Dig up all the roots to the nettles. This will not be an easy task because of the finger-like roots.

  • Before placing the dirt you have removed from around the nettles, spray herbicide over the area. Replace dirt and pat down with your shovel.

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