'Morning glory' type weed out of control

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  1. Cathy

    Cathy Member

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    There is an insiduous vine springing up everywhere on my acreage. The flower is actually quite beautiful, white & bell shaped. However this vine travels fast and is appearing in my flower and veggie gardens as well as the perimeter cedars etc. What is it and how do I control it? Up to now, I have been physically pulling it off the vegetation but if a tiny peice of root is left in the soil, it just springs right back. Any suggestions would be helpful. I don't like using herbicides. Thanks
     
  2. HortLine

    HortLine Active Member 10 Years

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    It sounds like you have problems with Field Bindweed ". This persistant perennial weed multiplies by seed and creeping roots. It is not uncommon to find mature plants extending many feet under ground.
    You need to be vigilant in continually removing new shoots and roots, and prevent flowering and seeding.
     
  3. very dificult.herbicide use virtualy unavoidable.the plant does not grow from seed in australia.maybe burn everything you pull out.better to cut and paint and leave to die where it is as the slightest bit left will shoot.good luck.
     
  4. Rick and Diddi Price

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    Morning Glory

    Cathy, I successfully eradicated this weed by doing exactly what Hortline suggests. I made a point of removing all visible trace of it, and then for about a year I made a weekly examination of the affected areas (during growing season) and removed all new growth. Within one year there was very little, and within two years there was none. Sometimes I did not get to it for a few weeks, which did not seem to matter, as long as I did not leave it much longer than that.

    Good luck.
     
  5. Hi Cathy

    You may not know this, but in Australia Morning Glory is illegal to grow because it became such an environmental invader! This doesn't stop it smothering suburban sheds, glasshouses or back fences if you leave it unattended. The only advice I can give you, as a typical Australian who has spent many weekends knee deep in the stuff, is to just roll up the sleeves and rip that bugger out as thouroughly as possible. Its gets hard though because those flowers are something to behold!

    regards, Simon
     

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