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Posted: 05/12/2013 at 16:41

Sorry to hear you haven't been well.I hop things look up for you. Pulling the fronds up is probably good scheme to just keep the annoyance at bay. You don't really need to finish it off, if you just want to be free of the above ground structures. 

I think it will be glyphosate for the rye grass too.I've tried all the organic options and the rotten stuff refuses to go. I have to choose between creating an entirely grass-free garden design, or glyphosating the lot. Tricky business. 



Posted: 26/11/2013 at 15:38


Would you mind my asking what became of your bracken? I'm interested to know what you did and whether it worked.I have a similar problem just now with perennial rye grass that I need to get rid of in my garden. I don't like to use glyphosate, as it would need a lot to do the job, but I think it may come to that. 




Posted: 08/07/2013 at 20:09


I was thinking a bit more about this. I remembered that when our neighbour had bracken, though it crossed the fence into our herbaceous border, it didn't cross into our other neighbour's lawn. I don't know if it would be possible in your garden but if you could have lawn against the fence and your herbaceous border away from the fence, then it's possible that the bracken would not cross the mowed area. 



Posted: 08/07/2013 at 09:03

Hi wisehedgecrone,

Yes I know just what you mean. Our neighbour's garden presents a wall of bindweed when I look over the fence. Very tricky. I like your nod to special branch. Nice to think that one of them is reading gardener's world forum.

It's such a shame that your neighbours are not helpful. When I had the same problem 20 years ago, I did just pull up the fronds in my garden, and my neighbours did the spraying, as the bulk of the plant was on their grounds. It meant that they were able to finish off the plant in one shot without affecting bought plants. Might be a thought to contact the council noxious weeds dept just in case they can help.

The idea of the paintbrush is nice, for not getting the stuff on your hands, though perhaps a paintroller would be more the thing. The problem is that the fronds are so whippy, that you really need to grasp them to cost the surface with liquid. 

Good luck anyway, Please do let us know how you get on.





Posted: 07/07/2013 at 22:05

Yes, I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news. It's a real problem if your neighbours are letting serious weeds run riot. Your best bet may be to put on some thick rubber gloves and then hold a cloth soaked in weed killer and rub the bracken with the cloth. That way you are not risking spraying the other plants (or yourself). If you use that method then you can just go to the garden centre and choose the cheapest bulk box of glyphosate. Be careful though, as liquids will eventually penetrate rubber gloves. It's good to change then regularly and throw the old ones away. (I'm not giving official advice here, by the way. I'm just another gardener. Please do take care and use your own judgement.).

I just checked and bracken doesn't seem to be one of those weeds where the council will approach your neighbour under a bye law. It seems as if you may just need to talk to them yourself. Good luck. 


watering help

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 18:03

Gosh, that's an amazing gardening experience. You might be best to ask your neighbours. Your circumstances will be very different from ours and they will be best placed to advise. You could probably grow very good melons there and many more very different plants from those that we grow. A friend of mine used to breed melons in Israel and one became the Galia melon. You could really do amazing things there if you can find other local gardeners to help you. 


Posted: 07/07/2013 at 18:00

That does sound tricky. A single bracken plant can be very very large (miles long I believe) so pulling up stems will not weaken it. However, it might discourage it from spreading further in your garden. Smearing with glyphosate and bagging the stems sounds like a good idea. I'd love to hear updates if you try it. 

watering help

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 15:22

Can you tell us more about your conditions? North or south of the country? North or south facing garden? If you were sitting where they are sitting would you be getting sunburned? I haven't really seen plants die from the bottom up like that before. It almost looks as if something is being splashed up onto the foliage when the ground was hosed forcefully. Is there anything that could be coming into contact with the leaves? Perhaps a cat or dog urinating on them?


Posted: 07/07/2013 at 15:19

We have the same situation in my parent's house, and the neighbour who owns the woodland next door glyphosates the bracken regularly. It keeps it well in check. Bracken is a tricky thing to live with, because the spores are carcinogenic if you are exposed to large amounts for long periods over several years. Best to attack it head on. I'm not sure if weed supressing membrane works for bracken. It might just lift it up and carry on through your garden. I suspect that even very organic folks would have to go with glyphosate in this case, just as if they had japanese knotweed. 

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Posted: 04/07/2013 at 09:55

Thanks for posting Rosie31. Really interesting to know the timeframe to expect. 

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