Monica Ingoe

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Sambucus Nigra "Black Lace"

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 22:41

Yup, green shoots are normal on Black Lace, they soon darken though.

Talkback: Field horsetail

Posted: 13/07/2013 at 19:12

The entire area where I live is infested with this weed.  3 years ago I felt despondent as my previous years weeding seemed to increase this beast into a multi-headed monster.  I researched this and found this advice.  It has worked, but I will always have a problem but one which now takes 15 minutes every month to work at.

Mix a sachet of super strength Glysophate in the recommended amount of water. Once it has dispersed, add wallpaper paste to make a thick paste.  Wearing rubber gloves and using a paint brush, apply this mixture to any of the weed that is in full growth, that is, it looks like a large loose bottle brush.  You need to make sure each piece is covered from soil up over.  Once it is covered, I gently get the frond to stick together and loosely coil it around itself and lay it on the ground.  Don't waste time and paste on any shoots that are coming up, it wont have the desired effect.

3 Years ago, the task was monumental, last year much less so and this year its a case of working on any that pops up - and their isn't much of it. 

At the start of the season, I mixed up a small plastic tupperware about a 1 pint size of the mixture.  I leave it in the potting shed.  When I find any of the beast I nip down to the shed and get my "rescue remedy".  It works.  Even if it pours down with half an hour of pasting it stays put.

Happy gardening.



unknown plant growing every where-help!

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 12:33

Hi, I've just posted a reply to someone who also has Japanese Knotweed, her name was Gail Peacock.  Same info might help you.  It should have been picked up on a survey as mortgage lenders don't usually lend on a property with this.  It might not be knotweed though.  Get it identified then take action.

Japanese Knotweed

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 12:09

I don't know if this will help you, but I had an horrendous problem with Mares tail.  The area I live in is totally overun with the stuff.  It grows up through people's drives, the pavements, the garden et al.  I was despairing as two particularly beautiful borders were taken over by this weed, to the point where it strangled loads of plants I had in there.  I knew the RHS at Harrogate had a similar problem and had glyphosated the entire affected border, losing everything that was in it.  I couldn't afford to do that.  I trawled the internet and found this piece of advice.  It has certainly curtailed the infestation though it will be an ongoing job, but of a much smaller scale than when I started. It may not eradicate the weed, but this will certainly curtail it while you work on your neighbour.  Using sachets of glyphosate add them to water as instructed.  Then add wallpaper paste to the water and mix.  When it's thick and gloopy (as the wallpaper paste instructions), use it to paint onto each leaf and stalk.  Even if it rains twenty minutes after you have applied it, it will be ok.  The first year I did this it was a soul destroying, mammoth task, last year was not so bad and this year it's been a doddle.  You have to wait until there is plenty of leaf growth to make sure it gets absorbed.  Use it where ever you have a problem, I am sure it will make a massive difference for you.

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