Posted: 04/06/2014 at 16:33
The border is a walled semi-circle on a slope, 14 m long by 6 m wide- the problem is all in the bed and only have 4 shrubs in it. 1 small box tree, a small picea conifer and 3 potentillas, the rest is bareground other than masses of maretails, annual grass, thistles, bombsite weeds, forgetme-nots and lots of annual weeds.
Grew annual daisies when the maretails had been browned off one year. did try the green manure- hungarian rye grass- but that didn't work.
Used nearly all the bottle of kurtail, there was some for the missed few, but not that hard to miss as nothing much growing in the bed. I cover the shrubs with industrial clingfilm. I didn't trapple the marestails just sprayed as instructed by Progreen.
I am at my wits end with it, I just want to be able to plant here as this is the main border and next to the patio. Even if it means waiting till next year to plant I don't mind but don't want to see another forest of it next year.
Amazingley the soil is easy to work, clay based as per the rest of the garden, but seems as though it has had sand added at some point- I believe the original owners had an alpine bed here. Which I would love to do.
I find an odd frone of MT elsewhere in the garden each year, but that is all- which I dig up immediately.
The like periscope shoots in early spring,- I cover with a bag best I can and remove the top to stop the spores spreading. Probably only avout 15-20 of those.
Just that one large border with the problem- guessing it was introduced with imported soil or manure at some point.
this year they are nearly ready to treat but this time the border has more rubbish weeds as above- too which I thought I should treat first to ensure the MT gets my full undivided attention.