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New question! I have bindweed in one third of my vegetable patch. I had heard that you train it up a cane and then apply a weedkiller you can get rid of it? Any advice???
Hi, clare, welcome to the forum.
I asked a similar Q several weeks ago, I'll bump up the thread it's titled - Help...marestail and other nasties...
Training up canes is one way of killing it, I used roundup on some a few days ago which had grown about 2ft. Ever so pleased with the result, the bindweed is already begining to go brown. I painted it on, there's a risk of killing other plants if you spray. Better to do it when rain isn;t forcast too...
bindweed - train it up a bamboo cane, then when it gets to about three foot tall carefully remove it from the cane and put it in a plastic bag with no holes - make sure its still connected to the roots - then add some (about an egg cup worth should do) of premixed roundup/glyphosate to the bag, make sure everything gets a good dose and tie the bag up, wait two weeks, cut the bindweed off at ground level and bin the bag/dead bindweed top. with it being in a bag you can do it in any weather and there is less collateral damage to other plants nearby.
that should control the bindweed
Bindweed and I have become extremely intimate. So far bindweed 1 - 0!! I don't use any weedkiller, just keep pulling it up as it grows and gently teasing out the long white roots when I find them. I must admit I find it extremely satisfying when I loosen the soil and manage to pull up a long root (12" plus). There is certainly less growth this year than last, and I pull up any bit I see in growth at every opportunity. I appreciate this would not have any impact in a big garden (mine is quite small) but I am a great fan of wildlife and insects, so prefer to have a bit of bindweed than risk killing bees etc. Good luck with your endeavours, just so glad I only have a bindweed problem and not Japenese Knotweed - the 'Devil' plant
When you say paint the leaves, do you have to paint all of them or just a few? My plants and trees are literally covered with the nasty stuff. The big white trumpets look very pretty but they need to go!
You'll have to paint most of them. Imagine the extent of the root that goes with that lot.
Or you can do what the previous poster does
MooDoo - the Netherlands or Dutch Parliament has just banned glyphosate due to the safety concerns. The Dutch aren't stupid - perhaps we should follow suit.
You can use a broadleaf weedkiller, butt they are persistent and nasty. Otherwise just pull it out. Gradually it will weaken. Or use glyphosate, avoiding the lawn, not easy.
Is anyone having luck with the Roundup gel? We've tried it on both the bindweed and brambles on our allotment, and some of the tough perennial weeds at home, and -- nothing. No effect whatsoever. I read above that you need to bruise the leaves first, which I hadn't thought of before --
I am clearing almost solid bindweed, nettles and brambles to make a perfume garden. The patch I did about a month ago(forking as i cannot dig and pulling out all roots i could) is now covered in new weed plants again so I have had to once more extricate every little root before i plant up. so far wallflowers and agastaches have been put into "clean "soil but I will be watching for fresh weeds all through the winter and spring. I find after a long lifetime of gardening the physical way is the best and getting your hands in the soil is very satisfying.
having tried glysphoate (killed too much in a busy border, seems evil), I'm sticking with a multi-year approach of whipping out stems and root systems as deep as possible whenever I see them, every few days in spring and summer, along with the strawberry runners.
some areas are now free of bindweed (on the surface anyway), and it does seem weaker in other areas hopefully due to sustained sunlight deprivation.
pesky as it is, if it went completely I'd miss my search and destroy rituals, and the satisfaction of gently freeing a strangled flower stem.
pesky as it is, if it went completely I'd miss my search and destroy rituals, and the satisfaction of carefully freeing a strangled flower stem.
Please research the effects of glyphosate before using it in your garden!, or near waterways (or at all). Its known to cause cancer by contact and is banned in many countries because of this. The only reason it is still available here is because of Monsantos lobbying power.
We discussed the effects in this thread
and reached no conclusion. Its herbicidal effect is said to be inactivated by soil contact, so no worries about effects on future plants.
All chemicals are potentially dangerous....
we need to make up our own minds as we do with most everything without anyone moralising about it.
glyphosate is effective and safe..as far as I, and most people, know. Be sensible,,follow the instructions and wear gloves. It is claimed to be inactivated in the soil.......time will tell.
It was also discussed in this thread too Steve 309 .......
'Moralising' Verdun ............. that's a good word ...............