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Hedge bindweed


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


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.
This climbing, twining perennial dies down in winter but grows rapidly in spring and summer to smother other plants.
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.
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 ???


budah100 12/03/2016 at 07:43

I large established hedge,which now has ivy growing through it. I think this is killing the hedge in places, but am worried that i will cause more damage to the hedge whilst treating the ivy. what can I do to get rid of the Ivy and revive my hedge.

Fairygirl 12/03/2016 at 09:30

Hi budah - the ivy won't be killing the hedge as such, but it will take over and block light etc so if you want rid of it, the best way is to find it's source and cut back to the ground. When new growth appears , treat it with weedkiller. You may need to bruise/crush the leaves to allow it to take it up as they're very waxy. Many people find SBK Brushwood killer more effective for the job as it's better for woodier material. If you're worried about getting it onto the hedge, you can isolate the treated growth inside a polythene bag. It might be tricky so take your time. 

Once you've got rid of the ivy, you can give your hedge a feed and a mulch to give it a boost.