How do you kill mint?

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-10-2012
How do you kill mint?
Thu, 04-03-2014 - 11:15am

My husband and I thought it would be nice to plant mint out in our backyard so we could have some fresh mint for iced tea each summer. It had a mind of it's own and has become a huge problem. It is everywhere now. We thought we had it rooted out last fall but obviously we didn't and it's back. Has anyone dealt with roque mint before?

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Community Leader
Registered: 06-16-1998
Thu, 04-03-2014 - 11:59am

Are you looking for a non-chemical way to kill it? I know from experience that boiling water kills grass and weeds so it might work on the mint too. In hot dry weather, white vinegar can kill a lot of plants. Or just keep pulling it out when you find it and eventually you may get all of it. Mint and bamboo have reputations for quickly getting out of control so its recommended to plant them in containers. If you're looking for an herbicide then ask your local nursery which one to use. I don't/cannot help with that because I'm commited to organic gardening.

Community Leader
Registered: 01-25-2000
Thu, 04-17-2014 - 12:06pm

Darn it I lost my post.  Mint has a habit of doing that.  Best to pot it up & then arrange

the pots outdoors for the summer and bring it in for the winter.  Here it is too cold to 

grow it outside as winters here are too cold.  What do you use it for?  jelly, or just add to 

other foods.  How about some recipes using mint in them?  


Community Leader
Registered: 02-27-1999
Fri, 04-18-2014 - 3:11pm

Mint is prized in the South because we LOVE our mint juleps!  But it can get out of control quickly.  I'd try the white vinegar, or even a blow torch.  Blow torches are great for getting rid of weeds selectively.  And by definition, a weed is anything that is growing somewhere that you don't want it to grow.