Posted: 11/01/2015 at 18:52
Ugh. Thanks for reminding me that I need to spend a day out in the garden, on my knees, ripping out grass by the handful ... again. It's like pruning the hedge. By the time I finish the length of it, where I started could do with another going over.
Ripping it out works for grass and ground ivy. It doesn't do so well on ground elder. That stuff ... argh, you know? Creeping buttercup seems to have eventually given in to me ripping out as much as I could for a week, painting the next several stems I saw with glyphosate, giving it a week to soak in, ripping out every bit I saw for the next week, painting the next several stems I saw with glyphosate, giving it a week to soak in ...
Brambles? Not really an issue here. I can always just chop 'em back. They're kind of fragile compared to some other plants.
A small sprayer, a topped-and-tailed 2l drink bottle and a short piece of 50mm plastic drainpipe can add up to a good kill kit, too. Mark the sprayer with permanent marker on duct tape as being for weedkiller only, then mix your spray in that per instructions on the packet. Put the plastic tube of appropriate size over the target weed, put the nozzle down into it and spray the weed. Leave the tube in place until the spray has dried. If it looks like rain, put a carrier bag over it. Obviously, this works on still days but not so well in gales. You can target as many plants per day as you can tube.
If you're going with the idea above of moving the plants to another bed for a while, kill everything in that area with glyphosate first, then dig it up and move them, then kill everything you didn't move.