Posted: 30/05/2013 at 12:06
I have a huge problem with bindweed (back garden) and japanese knot weed front garden. I have had membrane and bark chips down on the far end of the back garden 30 foot plus length for nearly ten years , pulled up this year to build a veg bed and also pulled up 4-10 metre lengths of bindweed under the membrane was thick with root all on the surface under the membrane.
I tried diluted roundup double strength great on stingers and knot weed not so good on the bindweed (bindweed just looks yellowie green instead of bright green).
I have now dug out to about a foot deep where my veg beds will go filled with semi rotted horse manure sieved soil back on top topped up with a 4 inch layer goat manure and straw and topped with 5-6 inches new top soil rotted manure mix.
My hope is any left bindweed will hit the semi rotted manure and not like it (burn) and the veg plants will not hit the manure until it has rotted further.
In another area a month later dug to a foot deep and sieved only and added top soil and placed a barrier in ground 8 inches deep to block plants from neighbour this second area is coming back in less than 2 weeks.
I used to have a lovely garden 10 years ago but had to give up because of bindweed and going back to work just not enough time to clear the stuff it comes through from under neighbours beloved fir tree hedge , which he cant get under to clear, he is very old and independent .
I think the only good thing about being made redundant and the poor job market might be that i get on top of my bind weed.