Gardener:Somerset Sue

Date:04 Dec 2022

Blog Type:Flowers

It's so interesting that Helen posted about getting rid of Yukka's at her place in the last couple of days.

It's been at the top of our minds recently when last week we decided to have a final yukka clean out.

These plants were very trendy as a "structural" component of gardens a few years ago... probably the late nineties, early to mid  2000's. I don't think anyone realised at that time just how fast, how big, and how aggressively they grow.

When we bought our home in 2017 the entire front entrance was engulfed by yukka's. Sort of attractive but extremely dangerous and eye-threatening to small children scooting along the deck path on thier little bikes. So we culled the Yukka collection down to two at the back of the stone garden.

These two have sprouted and grown and shaded the gutters and roof and we decided they must go. We managed to strip the leaves and get them down to a trunk but got the professionals in to  fell the thick stumps and give them a dose of "you-will-not-grow-back".

Interestingly we also look after a property next door for an airline company. They have yukka's that were planted right next to the front of the house (not a great idea). We have also arranged to have these removed... I'll put a photo of the damage they have caused to the driveway in the comments below.

If you are considering yukkas in your property please be wary of the long term problems they can cause.