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We have an area approx. 160 square meters at the end of our garden which is thick with ground elder and nettles. It is partly shaded by trees and we would like to turn it into a wild area with lots of spring bulbs and willd flowers! But how do we get rid of the ground elder and nettles? Would covering it in black plastic for a year do it?
Any other suggestrions?
I have it coming under the fence from next door and try to dig it up as soon as I spot it. Think I'll have some killer handy for the summer months as it tends to grow rapidly then. I would not put it in my compost bin, as the blighter is rampant given half a chance and would not want it all over the garden. It's the dustbin for my bits!
i hate this stuff i have it from neighbours both sides..they do not do gardening!! i have green thumb come round and do my lawns.. they will spray the stuff for me with their stronger chemicals.. they said shops bought stuff doesnt have the strong stuff in (health and safety) well their stuff works.. kills it off.. but more just comes through..so have to just keep diggig it up... drives me mad.
I wouldn't compost the roots, just in case they regenerate somehow, but I think the foliage is OK to compost. I have a problem with this too, all the more since we removed a big conifer, allowing more light to a wild part of the garden, which seems to please the ground elder.
Guinea pigs enjoy eating the foliage if you feed it to them (not after spraying, of course!). This probably means it's safe for us to eat too, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's worth doing so. Anyone tried it?
I cleared a bed of old roses and herbaceous perennials of ground elder by planting geranium endressii - probably "wargrave pink".It grows so rampantly that it will smother and kill most weeds.Even nettles struggle to compete with it.It would probably be best to move any more delicate perennials you wish to keep before planting.
Yes, ground elder was known as Bishops Wort. It was brought here by the Romans, who used a tea made from the young shoots to ease the pain of, among other things, gout. Only Bishops could afford to eat well enough to get gout it was thought, hence Bishops Wort. it does make a good tea for anyone with pain from osteoarthritis, as it is mildly sedative and really does help with the aches after a good day weeding it out.
We cannot get rid of it as the garden backs onto an old quarry - where ground elder reigns supreme. it is quite satisfying to drink the tea, some slight revenge I suppose.
Ground elder tea: Take a good cupful of very young leaves, steep in boiling water for two or three minutes. Strain well, sweeten with a little honey if liked, drink warm just before bedtime. It tastes and smells a bit like cabbage water, but is not actually revolting, I think they were on to something there. Pity it became such a detested weed.
I have that and do what other people do' dig it out' but I agree with the lady with wargrave pink dont know what that is but it seems to be working so maybe a good ground cover plant might solve the problem.
can someone give me advice on what to do with a sambucus I have had for a few years. It has bloomed brilliantly but I think I have cut it back at the wrong time,, in the autumn when the flowers started to wilt I thought it was time for the chop. It hasnt started to bud up yet. have I lost it and dig it up or wait a bit longer.