Posted: 07/08/2013 at 12:43
Bindweed - the bane of my life! It has come from next door under the fence all the 30 years we've lived here, and I can't eradicate it. The only saving grace is that it hasn't spread out of its patch near this fence. About 5 years ago, I went the whole hog, and dug out everything in the affected area including shrubs as I knew it was entangled in the roots. Soil was sieved, so I knew what was left was weed-free. I also remember digging down at the fence as much as I could, and putting in a barrier of old concrete blocks below fence level.
Still, within a year I had the stuff back, as prodigious as before, in 20+ places, strangling shrubs and breaking my heart. Other than unentangling it from shrubs, and cutting it down a foot or so above ground level, I haven't had the resolve to have another stab at it. I have heard people say to put this physical barrier in to stop it invading, but my experience has been that the weed will burrow beneath any barrier I put in, so if I can't stop it invading what's the point in really digging it out?