For years I have said that I needed to thin out my crowded shade garden. But I liked the solid blanket of vegetation, with various shades of green from a variety of hostas, ferns, grasses, and the "snow on the mountain" ground cover. Astilbes, day lilies, and spiderwort would provide a touch of color from time to time. This year I had no choice but to thin the bed out. As I wrote a couple days ago some plant of unknown origen was taking over and choking out my plants. Today I spent several hours of my 4th of July mercilessly ripping out the invasive intruder, at times sacrificing some of my established plantings in the process. I repeatedly turned over the soil with a shovel and picked out the ubiquitous whitish strand sof roots. It fear that any bit of root remaining will sprout again next year. I am sure I did not remove every piece of root, and I will probably see this pretty bu nefarious plant again in the spring. However, there should be a lot less of it to deal with next year.
When I was done with the operation, there were actually patches of bare soil visible between the plants.