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Never heard of bindweed so I looked up some pictures of it. Is it related to morning glories, because is sure looks like them?


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We have flickers (a kind of woodpecker) that LOVE ants. emoticon

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Just keep in mind that if it's a large, established anthill, you'll need a lot of water! Once you start to pour it, the ants start running out, and if you have a big pot of it, you can pour it over them as they try to exit. The few survivors will move elsewhere. If you don't have enough handy, though, all you'll do is make them mad!


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Anthills?! Brilliant! I have such a horrible ant problem and I never thought to use boiling water.

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I forgot about boiling water until I saw it on here...my mom uses it on anthills in the expansion spaces in her concrete driveway, and it works. I think I'll try it on the rose of Sharon my neighbor planted that's now spreading all over my yard...I need to get rid of it before it takes over the planet!!!


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My worst weed is mugwort (wild chrysanthemum). It is also rhizomatic and can grow from a speck of root. I just keep at it and try to keep it at bay. I have never gotten completely rid of it, but I can keep it from taking over. Hate that stuff.




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Life Cycle and Reproduction:

Bindweed grows from both seeds and roots. The seeds remain viable for up to 30 years in the soil. This is not a plant that you want to allow to set seed. If you have bindweed, be sure to get rid of it before it flowers and sets seed. However, bindweed grows easily from underground roots and rhizomes, and this is typically why you'll see bindweed popping up even if you've never let it go to seed. Even a tiny section of root in the soil is enough to allow bindweed to grow.

How to Get Rid of Bindweed:

Vigilance and persistence are the two most useful weapons in your arsenal against bindweed. Watch for signs of this vine, and remove it as quickly as possible. The best way to get rid of bindweed is to cut it off at soil level. Don't bother pulling it up; it will just sprout wherever you tore the roots (and you will. It's impossible to get all of the roots out.) By continually cutting it off at ground level, and doing it as soon as you possibly can, you will eventually starve the plant (since it will be unable to photosynthesize) and it will die. Be patient! You will have to do this several times, but it will work.

How to Prevent Bindweed:

Bindweed thrives in open, cultivated ground and soil that is rich in nitrogen, such as what is found in gardens and farms. Since we can't change that, and we can't stop seeds that have been waiting in the soil from germinating, all we can do is deal with bindweed when we see it.

Uses for Bindweed:

Believe it or not, even this garden villain has a few uses. You can use pieces of bindweed as ties in place of twine when tying and staking plants. The flowers (which are actually very pretty) attract beneficial insects, and exude a soft fragrance. The leaves and stems can be used to make an all-natural dye, and there are also accounts of the roots being brewed as a tea to relieve constipation.
Bindweed: Controlling Bindweed

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So what exactly do I need to do to get rid of bindweed? I've put more than enough nutrients back in the soil.

Bindweed is actually an invasive in the U.S. - coming for Asia - so it has no known pests here. It's considered the worst weed species in North America. A 1" piece of root can become a 3' diameter root ball in a matter of months and the roots can extend 20' down. One flower can produce over 500 seeds and they can lay dormant for 20 years.

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This link explains exactly how I feel about weeds www.malcolmbeck.com/books/gv_method/Whythe
WeedsGrow.htm


I do believe weed are natures plasters, they cover and protect "injured" soil - once you have pulled the weeds out by hand and have put back the nutrients in the soil, the problem should be minimal. Weeding according to the lunar calendar is a breeze, even the toughest weed roots will give way, weird but true! After clearing a piece of ground of weeds I like to use the newspaper & mulch method with big pavers placed to walk over, I normally sow something like marigolds immediately, this gives me a reason to start watering and feeding and of course weeding as those dormant seeds will fight for survival.

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I do like the fabric groundcover for blocking growth.
Add mulching heavily with layers of newspaper. Not so attractive and you do have to weight the edges with dirt clods, as well. It's biodegradable, cheap, and safe if you use only black and white papers.
I dig sometimes when able, too. Sometimes digging only makes things worse, though, as the tiny pieces each make a whole new weed.
Boiling water and vinegar are wonderful. Just keep at it.

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I know that there is a vinegar concentrate that works on anything, except if somthing has very deep roots, like morning glory, then the roots will eventually come back to the surface. I've thought about trying black plastic but it kills a lot of beneficial things in the soil as well.

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For fall and spring crops I usually have to dig out the root systems. Since I plant in the fall when the bindweed isn't growing this seems to help quite a bit.

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I use a combination of methods. Mostly, this involves endless pulling out of tops, hoeing, etc. Lots of hoe work. Second, flame weeding works, but only if you are going after newly-emergent weed seedlings. Forget it on grass. Flame on grass is like throwing Br'er Rabbit into the briar patch. It loves it.

Smothering works wonders. I use a fabric ground cover for my long-season vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, and the greens that I pick by leaf such as kale, collards, and of course broccoli. I've reused it for 3 years now. Everything else gets hoed regularly.




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Thanks for the tips. Because we live adjacent to open space the weeds will always find their way onto our property and it's exhausing trying to keep up. I'm curious about the plastic - but what about crops like carrots or lettuce that you start from seed?

I've got bindweed, woodbind and something I don't know the name of but it's bad. So far I've managed to keep these out of the garden area but this year (warm spring) will be more of a challenge.

And then there are the out-of-control raspberry bushes as well! emoticon

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The torches don't work on bindweed either. It only kills the top growth leaving the roots intact.

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I've been seeing propane torches advertised for killing weeds. Has anyone tried burning bind weed? My neighbors have let theirs go out of control, so I'm having problems with it by that side of the fence.

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I've had some luck with blocking and vinegar.

For Canadian thistle - a mix of salt and full strength vinegar will turn them black. It will also kill any grass near it, so I use a baster to limit the damage to the grass.

For blocking - newspaper covered with weed mat for the raised beds. If you want to kill grass, cover it with wet newspaper and it will kill off the grass fairly quickly. A week or two later, I can pull up the dead grass fairly easily and start planting.

I haven't tried it yet, but I'll try the vinegar on the cracks in the concrete. We've had an incredibly warm spring and the weeds are loving it.

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Maybe boiling vinegar?

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I've had some luck with pouring boiling water on weeds, but it doesn't work on everything.
Might be worth a try.

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I feel your pain. We have the evil-incarnate bindweed that is pretty much impossible to irradicate. We have tried quite a few things to get rid of it.

Herbicides - doesn't work at all so don't bother.

Vinegar - doesn't work either.

Digging out as much of the root system as possible at the beginning of the season - definitely makes a dent in it but doesn't completely get rid of it.

Pulling the tops off - supposedly helps weaken the root system if you stay on top of it. This could take years of constant pulling before you kill it.

Smothering - This is what we're currently trying. I'm now using black plastic to try and kill it. May take a few years. I put my plants in small holes in the plastic and just pull whatever finds it's way to those holes. Bonus is that it extends the season by warming the soil quickly for those heat loving plants.

Raised beds with weed block and wire underneath - This has worked the best so far. It's too cost prohibitive for us to do our whole garden this way though. We mainly only do this for the crops that are the most sensitive to weed competition like potatoes.

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I've used full strength vinegar on the grass and small weeds that sprout up between my patio pavers... Seems to work, especially if the sunshine also "hits" the treated weeds ... I won't use any kind of chemical weed killers because I have two dogs that I'd be afraid they'd be harmed by the chemicals in commercial weed killers


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How do you control weeds (without the aid of harmful chemicals) whose root systems are so extensive that pulling is a losing battle? I've read that vinegar is an option but I'm skeptical. Has that actually worked for anyone?

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