Posted: 20/08/2013 at 08:05
We've been given a grant to turn some wasteland into a wildflower area. Unfortunately this has to be done by July 2014, so we don't have time to dig etc. The area is covered with nettles (well, the ground's fertile), bindweed and twitch as well as other choice specimens. The wildflowers aren't strong enough to compete with these bullies, so the have to go.
Good strong glyphosphate seems the best bet, it should get rid of most things at the moment, I don't know how many times we'll have to apply it to get rid of the deep rooted nettles, and I don't think I'll even try with the horseradish (I know when I'm facing impossible odds- or do I?).
The problem I see are the seeds, the nettles are full of seed, and I hate to think what the bindweed has to offer us. Will the glyphospate kill seeds that are still on the plant? Or should I try to cut down and bag all the stems with seeds before using glyphospate? Or perhaps glyphospate then use une of those flamethrower weeders to kill the seeds. Or both. I really don't relish wading in with secateurs!