Authors Note: I now have a spelling expert that visited my tiny blog that pointed out I had introduced one to many “O’s” in my title line. SO LOOSING is now and for ever after changed to LOSING.
I must have introduced bindweed (aka wild morning glory or tie vines) seed into my garden when I was tilling in cow manure and old cow barn bedding hay. It has taken over! If your not familiar with this invasive almost impossible to kill weed, let me introduce you.
Oklahoma State University weed specialist said
“This invasive perennial makes itself at home by sinking roots as much as 9 feet into the soil and can stay on as an unwanted guest for up to 20 years.
“It is considered to be one of the most noxious weeds in the world,” Spreading by seed and through a deep, extensive horizontal root system, bindweed seed can persist for many years in typical garden soil. It tolerates poor soils but seldom grows in wet or waterlogged areas.
Be prepared to pull it all up every three weeks. Repetitive cultivation throughout the growing season for at least three years should deplete the root system and provide control.
“Use the deepest cultivation implements available, such as a garden fork, and be aware that root fragments as small as two inches can generate new shoots. Make sure as much of the root system becomes desiccated as possible.”
Glyphosate herbicides (such as Roundup) are an option, as long as you can keep the herbicide spray or drift away from other plants in your yard. These herbicides are absorbed by foliage and move throughout the plant to kill roots and shoots. The best time to control bindweed with glyphosate herbicides is when the plants are flowering.
Repeated applications of herbicide will be necessary to control bindweed.
This undesirable intruder is vineing over my squash, cucumbers and even covering my okra plants in a thick tangle of vines. Pulling by hand, it is so attached to other plants that you will pull your desirable plants out of the ground tugging and pulling out the tie vines.
I am considering abandoning my garden and attacking the entire garden plot with a glyphosate based herbicide. What ever I do I can’t allow this weed to set seed in my garden plot.
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