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Digging up plants from the shoulder

Has anyone dug up plants from the shoulder?  Im considering doing this because the plants just get mowed down.  Its just native texas lantana and I don't think anyone would object?


  • In UK it is illegal to dig up plants from the countryside.
    If everyone went round digging the plants up nothing would be left for others to enjoy.

    In Britain years  ago Victorian plant hunters  were keen to collect rare, special ferns.
    So much so that very rare ones were all taken from the wild...gone for ever.
    This has also happened to several plants in China.
    Now even collecting seeds is very tightly regulated by many countries.

    Maybe in USA you have different laws.
    If you want Lantana why not sow seeds or buy the plants?
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • K67K67 Posts: 2,507
    We don't really have shoulders in the UK James more verges and if they have plants they are more weeds than plants for the garden. Some of our native species it's illegal to dig up and remove so can't really advise you.
  • Thank you for the comments.  These plants will be mowed over or sprayed next week and I was hoping to save some before it happened.  Your right lantana probably is a weed in the Uk and here also but I still like the way it looks.  The farmers here don't like it either.  I think it makes cows ill.  Your right too much trouble
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,551
    I would take cuttings, and leave the plants for the bees and pollinators. Presumably they spring back up after mown down? In this case I would feel comfortable taking a decent amount of cutting material. If you take away some basal growth you'll be more likely to succeed, although I note it's in the Verbena family and Verbenas have always struck very easily for me even just in water.
  • The land from the fence to the pavement is what will be mowed or sprayed
  • Great idea!  I will do that!  Less work and your right this is what it looks like after 3months of not being mowed.  Perlite and water right?
  • FireFire Posts: 18,056
    edited September 2020
    There are significant campaigns in the UK to persuade local councils to look after their hedging and verges better, along the roads and byways - valuing the diversity and not cutting back at times when all the plants are just kicking off. It is a move that does seem to be gaining traction.
  • When I was in my twenties I bought a piece of property and began clearing the land of trees that I didn't want.  I found out the hard way its illegal to cut down trees without council approval where I live even on your own property.  My punishment was to pay for all of the trees to be planted in the new city park.  My only conciliation was I have a plaque with my name on it saying how I was so generous in donating all of  the trees for the park!  Lol!
  • I was too late the mower got them.  Ill just go buy them.  One reason I wanted one of these is I know they grow well in my area.
  • LynLyn Posts: 23,060
    I wish they would come and do that here to remove braken  that’s taken over and pushing out the wild flowers. 

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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