How to Kill Pachysandra

Pachysandra is a fast-growing plant that grows outward in small clumps along the ground. It is often used as ground cover because it grows in both sunny and shady locations. Because of the pervasiveness of the plant, many people consider it to be a weed and desire to get rid of it, notes Maggie's Farm. Killing Pachysandra requires that you remove all of the root system from the growing location and treat the area with a chemical herbicide.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden spade

  • Trash bag

  • Herbicide

Step 1

Insert the flat edge of the garden spade three to four inches into the soil along the side of the Pachysandra bed. Remove the spade and insert it into the soil next to the first location in the same manner. Continue until you have created a straight line all the way to the end of the growing location.

Step 2

Move to a location that is parallel to the first shovel line but approximately 13 to 14 inches away from it. Dig a second shovel line along the length of the Pachysandra in the same manner.

Step 3

Slide the flat end of the spade up under the 12- to 14-inch-wide strip of Pachysandra and pull it up. The Pachysandra should come up easily in large pieces. Continue using this method until you have removed all of the Pachysandra.

Step 4

Place all of the Pachysandra into a trash bag and dispose of it. Do not place the plants in another garden location or a compost pile, as it will grow back.

Step 5

Spray the original planting site with an herbicide that lists Pachysandra on the packaging. Saturate the areas that you dug up completely with the herbicide.

Step 6

Watch the area carefully for signs of new Pachysandra growth and reapply a second application of the herbicide if new growth appears.


You can try just applying the herbicide without digging up the root system, but the plant will most likely grow back for one or two more years.


Make sure that you do not use a broad-leaf herbicide, as this will keep all other plants from growing in the location as well.

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