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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2004 9:19 pm 

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Location: Colorado Zone 5
I live in Colorado, zone 5ish, but out on the plains so not so late of a frost. I have this perennial weed that is trying to invade my lawn called bindweed and I HATE it. :evil:

It sends up shoots off of the smallest bits of root (which can apparently go 20 feet deep although I've never dug that far to get rid of it), and if you let it, it will vine around other plants and then flower and go to seed to spread itself too.

I only garden organically and am wondering if anyone has had success getting rid of it?

My current tactic is when I find it to gently dig down as far as I can to get as much of the root as possible and then put it in the trash. I'm afraid to compost it b/c I don't think it can die. It is truly evil.

Would love to hear anyone's advice. I did a search on bindweed and couldn't find a single post.



Colorado John

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2004 1:48 pm 

Joined: Thu Jan 29, 2004 12:19 pm
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Location: Dallas, TX
I am currently at war with a similar problem, though I haven't identified the exact vine yet. As soon as the wind dies down some & I've got someone to handle my toddler inside, I'm spraying with the vinegar/orange oil stuff. I'll let you know. This stuff is incredibly pernicious.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2004 6:45 am 

Joined: Mon Mar 31, 2003 9:18 pm
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Location: McKinney,TEXAS
I fought bindweed in my pasture and vege garden last year with all sorts of organic herbicides. The weed prevailed.
Then I got this book, weeds, control without poison. Bindweed, which can have up to a 12 foot rhizome, needs fungi antagonistic to those rhizomes to take it out. The solution requires correction of pH, aircapacity and moisture control to set in motion a soil environment that assures the proper array of fungal systems which can start to brake down the rhizomes and eventually correct the soil. Supposedly, these basic fungal systems digest the rhizomes and remove them forever.
Understanding, planning and executing this soil correction method seems like a daunting task to me and I set the book aside.
The author is Charles Walters.
Tony M

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