Four ways to kill off bindweed

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

Snip off weed at base

Once you have iden­ti­fied the plant (whose thick white roots run deep and also run hor­i­zon­tally, grow­ing stems and leaves where they sur­face), see how much of it there is. If you just have a small patch, re­move the top growth weekly to weaken and even­tu­ally kill the plants. Cut the bindweed at the base with scis­sors or shears, which will force it to use up its en­ergy re­serves in its roots, which will even­tu­ally kill it - but you have to reg­u­larly. Spray it Use a spot weed­killer, prefer­ably a sys­temic type - glyphosate - which the plants’ leaves will ab­sorb and take down to the roots, killing the whole thing. For max­i­mum ef­fect, do this in early sum­mer when the bindweed is in full growth. Place bam­boo canes where you see it to al­low it to wind up them, so you can paint the weed­killer on the leaves for best ef­fect.

Pour boil­ing wa­ter over it

If you don’t want to use weed­killer, pour boil­ing wa­ter over the bindweed and around three inches be­yond where it is grow­ing, to kill as much root as pos­si­ble. You may have to do this reg­u­larly un­til there is no sign of it.

Dig up af­fected plants

If your plants are en­gulfed in a mass of bindweed, you’ll have to dig up those you want to save and un­tan­gle them from the weeds, mak­ing sure you re­move any traces of weed roots grow­ing among the roots of the plants them­selves, and tem­po­rar­ily pot the plants in com­post. Wait sev­eral weeks un­til the weeds are grow­ing strongly, then spray with glyphosate. Af­ter a few weeks, all the weeds should have died.

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