Posted: 17/04/2013 at 05:48
Bindweed at the centre of the earth... 1st time I've EVER laughed about bindweed!
My garden was full of it, plus brambles & nettles. Some of the areas had never been gardened at all, ever.
First I used bramble killer on the lot. Waited for it do die then cleared surface. Then I sat on the soil, legs akimbo, all very elegant, and gradually shuffled along on my bum and dug it all out with a trowel. This took me every spare moment I had for an entire summer (the garden is big). I spent so long like that, that a robin took to sitting on the toe of my boot and waiting for me to turn up worms for her and her fledgling! Some of the roots were attached to rhizomey things that looked for al the world like giant parsnips. Guess it'd been there a good while! Then when I thought I'd finished I went around again with a spade and took out the deeper bits I'd missed (surprisingly few). Now I just spray the odd bit that comes up thru the fence or whatever. BUT, ths only worked because the soil is light and loamy, making it easier to get the roots out without them breaking. That's also why I did it by hand. Breaking up bindweed roots is also known as PROPAGATION. My neighbours spray theirs twice a year. It always dies off, and always comes back - to the tune of about 6ft of growth twice a year. They probably pitied me, shuffling along on my butt week after week, trowel in hand. But I bet they're jealous now!!
P.S., u can mix weedkiller with flour and paint it onto plants if u don't want it to blow around. The flour makes it stick to the foliage rather than evaporating so it can really soak in. I use this on the odd bramble that comes up in amongst things. U can also chop the bottom off a pop bottle, then when your bindweed has grown up its decoy cane, put the bottle over the top (cut end down), and slide it down with the cane coming up through the neck. U've made yourself a nice little cloche full of bindweed. U can then squirt weedkiller thru the neck of the bottle to your heart's content, or put the lid on, gently upend the cloche and spray into the big end - leave the cloche in place on the soil in case you need to repeat a week later, removing it all when it goes brown. Doing it this way avoids snapping the stems, meaning maximum poison getting down where u want it. Cunning!