I"m surprised you have them in Indiana! I'm in West Texas and yuccas are all over the place. I would imagine at least a month for those, but that's my SENSE and not my DATA. We've been on our 20 acres for 15 years and have knocked a few over to build various things, and the only ones that resprout are those with roots still in the ground (even under a repeat car wheel in the driveway!) We do have some dead whole ones above ground that have never sprouted... So I don't have experience of re-burying them yet. I'm certain, though, that you could remove all the "beard" material and bury that without fear of them sprouting... and there's a lot of that as biomass.
Thank you for answering.
I need to update my profile. We moved to New Mexico a couple months ago.
I have a small lot with just desert weeds that have seeded here. We are taking out everything and planting fruittrees. The soil is just sand and clay, no worms at all. A neighbor told me I can’t have a compost pile unless its covered because of rats and roaches so I have been burying kitchen scraps and anything I can to enrich to soil.
It’s all different than what I was used to in Indiana.
We live in a very "non-desert" area of Georgia, which ranges from 30-40 inches of rain. We have yuccas.
If you have them and don't want them, I can see why they'd be a hassle...those things are practically unkillable!!! And if you back into one, OUCH!!
What we did to deal with yuccas is that we actually DO want them at the right of way along our front fence. (Security reasons.) So whenever we see one in the back yard, we try to dig it up with all its roots attached. Then we transplant it out front. But we're still finding stray pop-ups in the yard, even 2 years later. So we'll just keep transplanting, I suppose!!
Julie, could you have a compost tumbler? I'd imagine those might do a better job of keeping vermin away.
Considering that I've been told that "Compost draws rats and bugs" by several people in several states (and very different climates), I'm guessing that the person who told you that doesn't understand what a well managed compost pile can do and does not do.
Unless you're in an HOA situation, or there's some other reason why you can't do basic and traditional gardening, including setting up a compost pile, I would suggest giving the "advice" you were given the same value as what you paid for it.
There are different circumstances in your new home, than you probably had in the different climate, but a quick contact with any local garden supply center, garden club, or state sponsored/funded extension agent will be able to help you through that.
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