Wild onions: Eliminate these pests so they don't compete with your good plants

QUESTION: I have these onion-looking plants growing. They don't smell like onions and they aren't bulbs I planted. What can they be and what should I do about them? Peggy in Falls Church, Va.
ANSWER: They could be a leek, but probably an onion.  In any case, they are not an ornamental and clashing with the astilbe, hostas and other perennials.  Dig around the root because there are a lot of bulblets that might drop off and start again.Or mix up round up and wipe the stem of the onion. It is slow to die and might need two wipes with Roundup.  -- Retired Virginia extension agent Jim Orband in Yorktown, Va.  Hear Jim's gardening Q&A program monthly on Hear/Say's public radio 89.5 FM; stream it live at www.hearsay.org.

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