Hor­ti­cul­tural aide mem­oire No. 36: Kill bindweed

Country Life Every Week - - In The Garden -

Bindweed, con­vul­vu­lus, the devil’s guts: call it what you like. You can keep dig­ging the off-white roots out for the rest of your life and no cure will be in sight. Bet­ter by far to ap­ply a sim­ple chem­i­cal so­lu­tion. Suit­ably clad, un­wind a length of the of­fender from a plant stem and lay it flat along the ground. Spray glyphosate or smear it on with an ap­pli­ca­tor, es­pe­cially tar­get­ing the youngest leaves. These are the most sus­cep­ti­ble. Do the same to a few other shoots and wait for three weeks. There should be no fur­ther trou­ble from that quar­ter.


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