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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 3:58 pm 
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Arrrrrrgh!

It looks like an ivy, but is much more of a yellow-green. It was all over the back chainlink fence & climbing up into the trees. I pulled up what seems like miles & miles of it last spring, summer and fall. It's popping up again. :x

I wish I could post a pic, but I can't.

This stuff is about to drive me crazy! Please, someone tell me what it is and how I can control it! FYI - the back yard is currently weeds & dirt LOL I'm working on one patch at a time in getting grass growing - I just recently got one patch cleared and will be planting St. Augustine plugs this weekend.

I just want this stuff much more under control so I'm not trying to kill it while I'm also trying to grow grass LOL


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Is it interfering with the St. Augustine? What is the reason you wish to take it down? It is not easy to ID a plant with no photo. Try:
http://www.noble.org/imagegallery/IGSea ... =query.htm

http://www.noble.org/imagegallery/IGSearch/query.htm

http://www.brit.org/

http://www.wildflower.org/?tagent=wfc-1998&nd=npin

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Well, right now there *isn't* any St. Augustine in the yard - just weeds LOL Although, I was pulling weeds in the front yard yesterday & saw a clump rearing it's ugly head.

Thanks for the links - unfortunately, what I have didn't seem to be found easily there.

The leaves are heart-shaped and they are a yellow-green when young & darken as the vine matures. It's incredibly invasive. I literally pulled ropes of it that went from the fence as far as 8' or more up into the trees. While that cut down on what was growing, I think it also sparked *new growth - tracing the vine to the source is damn near impossible. Last fall, it seems like everywhere in the yard where we had pulled up runners over the summer, babies sprang up later.

Before I made teh choice to go organic, we sprayed roundup brush killer and it kind of wilted them, but that was about it. I noticed then that the leaves are pretty waxy and the spray pretty much slid off the leaves....


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AMG.
This is from a previous post on how to post pictures. "To post an image, first it has to be stored with an online host such as photobucket.com. In your post, click Img then type in the address of your pic then click Img again". That's all there is it it.
Good luck and give it a try.

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The universal organic vine killers are goats and sheep.

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Thanks, Gar - but I don't have a digital camera :)

Since I don't think goats or sheep are an option, I may simply decide to use the vines as an anger management tool - anytime I need an outlet for some anger, I'll go out & yank up some runners ;)


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From your description, it sounds like Greenbrier (or Greenbriar). You've described it to a 'T', except for the thorns. Very invasive and persistant. It makes bermuda grass look kind. In my, uh, yonger days I found this stuff just laughed at roundup. The only way I ever heard of controlling it is to dig out the tuber which the vines grow from. Unfortunately my ground is far to rocky so I have ended up just living with it. If it's an area you mow it will die after a couple years. I have no idea if the organic vinigar based solutions will work.

See links for more info...

http://www.fcps.k12.va.us/StratfordLand ... nbrier.htm
http://plantsdatabase.com/go/31746/
http://county.ces.uga.edu/montgomery/Ho ... 202002.htm
http://www.noble.org/imagegallery/Woodh ... brier.html
http://www.dirtdoctor.com/view_image.php?pic=143


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AMG
I have a regular 35mm camera. I scan the pictures and upload to the web site. It works pretty good. It just takes me longer because I have to get the film processed first.

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Cutting with clippers and/or mower and spraying with the vinegar spray will get rid of it eventually. Make sure you use soap in the spray to help keep the spray on the leaves. Very tough stuff!

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http://www.dirtdoctor.com/view_image.php?pic=143
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Oh, my! *faint* I don't think I have the energy to find one of these and deal with it!

GAR - good point re: the camera. I always seem to forget that I do have an "old fashioned" camera :lol

Thanks for the links. It does look a lot like greenbriar. I haven't noticed any fruit or really many thorns though. As noted in posts in other forums, I'm working on brewing some stuff up :D Will report back....


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Check out bindweed on the web, it is very invasive and grows everywhere. I have it all over my place and my goats don't touch it. I guess if they were hungry enough they would but my wife feeds them and me too well.
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I googled bindweed and the images I found are similar to what I'm seeing, but my vine doesn't flower. I've actually been googling vines most of the morning (this obsession, I do believe, is becoming unhealthy!)

So far, this is the closest image I've been able to find:
http://www.eeb.uconn.edu/Courses/EEB271 ... drils2.jpg

As far as I can tell, my vine does NOT fruit or flower, nor does it have any spines or thorns.

I'm going to try to take some pix this weekend, unless one of you sleuths figure it out before then :lol:


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Well, I may have found it:
http://oregonstate.edu/dept/nursery-wee ... weeds.html
I think it's the last one on the right - wild buckwheat. The leaves look right and the description of
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Flowers are small, green, without petals, and hardly noticeable.


Still, it says it's an annual, which I have difficulty believing :lol:


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