Hedge bindweed

Symptoms

This climbing, twining perennial dies down in winter but grows rapidly in spring and summer to smother other plants.
Find it on: established flowerbeds, freshly dug soil, in cracks in paving, lawns
Time to act: spring to autumn

Overview

Hedge bindweed, Calystegia sepium, is able to spread rapidly to creep between cultivated plants, making it difficult to eradicate. It's able to re-grow from small pieces of cream-white root, so cultivating a border often aids its spread. It can make large clumps of foliage, obscuring and smothering small plants. Seed is produced following the cream-white trumpet flowers, which also allows this weed to spread.
Solution
This climbing, twining perennial dies down in winter but grows rapidly in spring and summer to smother other plants.
Organic
Dig up cultivated plants in the dormant season and wash roots thoroughly to remove soil and allow the fleshy cream-white roots of the bindweed to be removed. Alternatively, cut back the stems of the bindweed as soon as they emerge. This will weaken the plants, and should be repeated as soon as re-growth emerges. When forking through infested borders, remove every piece of bindweed root.
Chemical
Use a systemic weedkiller on the leaves as soon as they appear in spring. Use plastic food bags placed over the foliage, spraying inside and holding in place with a clothes peg. Re-apply throughout the growing season, as growth continues, at four to six week intervals.



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mollyme 24/11/2011 at 15:28

The leaves on my garden hedge (Privit) are falling of, due to the freezing weather, I suspect.
At one side of my garden gate is a reasonably new hedge of two years and the other side is a well established mature hedge. Can you tell me if my hedge will survive and grow again this spring, not all the leaves have gone but I can now see through people passing by through it. Please advise.

derek-francis40 24/11/2011 at 15:28

when it rains my hedge always has a sicky smell to it , i.m new to the gardening world could someone give me some advice how to clear this smell .

alecat 24/11/2011 at 15:29

This year for some strange reason both my maturish 7 ft bay tree and 3 year old 2 ft myrtle bush have suddenly died all the plants around them ( roses, assorted bedding plants, runner beans and onions ) have not only survived but are flourishing,,, any explanations ???

alec