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Problem bamboo

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 19:06

I've seen a glyphosate product that claims to work on the freshly cut stump of a tree. Can't say it did, but I've seen it claim to.

Normally, glyphosate is sprayed or wiped onto green leaves. Mix as per instructions, apply very little (if it's dripping off, you're wasting it and killing the other plants below) and leave it to dry. If it rains, you'll have to try again. If you're after an invader that's right next to a plant you really want to keep, protect your desired plant with an upturned bucket, an upturned water butt, a decapitated 2l drink bottle or whatever else you can put over it, then wrap the target plant in kitchen roll, soak that in weedkiller, put a plastic bag over it and tape it into place, so the weedkiller is held against the target and can't go anywhere else. Wash your hands twice before you remove the protective bucket.

Something to know in advance: glyphosate is systemic, meaning you apply it to the leaves of "this shoot over here" and it goes down into the roots and kills the whole plant. This is great if you want to take out the bindweed, because you only have to unwind one vine from your hedge and poison that and it'll get the whole colony, but it does mean you could target a plant in your garden and find out a month later than you've killed the parent plant next door.

Plead ignorance!

Help! Weeds, weeds and more weeds!

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 18:53

Edd, I'd never heard of that. I wonder how much you need and how deep into the soil it is effective.

Help! Weeds, weeds and more weeds!

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.

Allotment - glysophate?

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 18:40

I've used glyphosate on bindweed, very successfully. I poured some into an old "mixed nuts" jar, put that on a plastic bag and stuffed the ends of the bindweed vines into it. Once they've had an hour or two, they can come out and be laid on the bag (so they won't cross-contaminate anything else) and once they've dried, they're dead. It can be a little disconcerting that they look so healthy for several days afterwards, but the whole plant will turn pale yellow, shrivel up and die.

He one that's so far seemed to defy my herbicidal battering is ground ivy. I'm thinking of taking a pan scourer to it to remove the waxy surface before I try that again.

Daddy long legs larvae

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 18:36

I was going to suggest investing in a flock of rooks, which are really keen on eating leatherjackets. As Buttercupdays says, they're just aerating the lawn, not damaging it.

Good garden centre/nursery

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 15:18

That'll be a bit like supermarkets, then. You pay 50p to £3 for a pizza that they buy in bulk from some factory in Germany or Austria, which produces them at a unit cost of ... what, 3p? Then they load them onto trucks, drive them to the ferry port, load them onto the ferry, float them over to the UK, drive them from the ferry to the warehouse, take them off the trucks, get them transferred from European pallets to UK pallets, put them into storage, take them out of storage, put them on trucks, drive them to the supermarket's own depot, take them off the trucks, put them into storage, take them out of storage, load them onto trucks, drive them to the supermarket, take them off the trucks, put them into the supermarket's backroom, take them out of there, separate them into individual pizzas and put them on the shelves. Madness, I tell you.

Does this nursery you know allow members of the public to come round with buckets of compost and dig up a plant or two for themselves at a nice cheap rate, or do they only do wholesale?

Windy - get your pots secure...

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 11:07

 No greenhouses under that one.


Posted: 11/01/2015 at 01:54

Lyn: apparently you have to have been manufactured in or before 1898 or just be over 25 years of age, depending what you are.



Posted: 11/01/2015 at 01:49

Hey, Hostafan, if I buy myself 5 wheelbarrows, 11 pairs of secateurs and a dog, do you think they'll let me present it? I could be paid in cash or by direct deposit.


Posted: 11/01/2015 at 01:47

WOW. That one REALLY broke the forum. The "quote" button has become a link to a video.

Man, all those videos I tried to link, lost because the forum can't handle it.

Anyway, I wanted to ask: What the "from here to eternity" does any of that have to do with who presents a TV programme about gardening?

Some more of the reasons there is no space on my shelf for Led Zeppelin:

(Not all from the '80s. Really!)

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Holy glyphosate, Batman! What's that?

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