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Old 07-20-2013, 09:51 PM
 
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I have no earthly idea what I have in my garden, but it is a winding weeding (or maybe ground covering) that has taken over my garden. It is choking my plants and has overtaken my whole garden. I've let it go too long and I have a huge job to get done. Is there anyways to prevent unwanted weeds~? I don't use chemicals, so is there another way to prevent them~? Thanks.
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Old 07-21-2013, 12:33 AM
 
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II don't use chemicals, so is there another way to prevent them~?
NO !

But ... you can do it without having it *all over*.

Buy a good Broad Leaf weed killer, the liquid kind.
Now put some in a plastic baggie.
Take that winding weed and without pulling it away from the plant stick it in the plastic baggie, and wrap a string around it.

The poison is absorbed by the leaves and thus kills *just the weed* !
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Old 07-21-2013, 02:23 AM
 
Location: Sloooowcala Florida
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Can you post a photo of it?
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Old 07-21-2013, 04:26 AM
 
Location: Floyd Co, VA
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I will guess that what you have is bindweed and getting rid of it is a huge battle that I have not won yet.

I don't think that you can beat it without the use of chemicals unless you are able to dig, dig, dig, dig and then dig some more - probably every day throughout the growing season.

I think there are several threads here that offer some suggestions on how to deal with it.
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Old 07-21-2013, 05:12 AM
 
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I have no earthly idea what I have in my garden, but it is a winding weeding (or maybe ground covering) that has taken over my garden. It is choking my plants and has overtaken my whole garden. I've let it go too long and I have a huge job to get done. Is there anyways to prevent unwanted weeds~? I don't use chemicals, so is there another way to prevent them~? Thanks.
Could be bindweed, but your description of how rampant it is sounds a bit like a parasitic plant called dodder. I know dodder is now being found in Michigan, and I hear it's new to Kansas, so chances are it's in your neck of the woods. It's awful.
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Old 07-21-2013, 05:17 AM
 
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NO !

But ... you can do it without having it *all over*.

Buy a good Broad Leaf weed killer, the liquid kind.
Now put some in a plastic baggie.
Take that winding weed and without pulling it away from the plant stick it in the plastic baggie, and wrap a string around it.

The poison is absorbed by the leaves and thus kills *just the weed* !
Good advice. I like the plastic bag idea. To the OP: no, you can't prevent the weed without some sort of chemical like Preen. Some say corn gluten meal is a good pre-emergent, but at best, it's only so-so. And I don't mean corn meal. Corn gluten meal.
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Old 07-21-2013, 10:10 AM
 
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I have a variety of cardboard that I cut as needed to shield desirable plants so I can use roundup of weedy vines... it is very hard to get rid of and I have new outbreaks every year to deal with.
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Old 07-21-2013, 10:55 AM
 
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NO !

But ... you can do it without having it *all over*.

Buy a good Broad Leaf weed killer, the liquid kind.
Now put some in a plastic baggie.
Take that winding weed and without pulling it away from the plant stick it in the plastic baggie, and wrap a string around it.

The poison is absorbed by the leaves and thus kills *just the weed* !

Can't and won't use chemicals~! I have a dog and he'd get into it. I can't prevent my neighbors from using it, but they do along the fence line. Plus so many neighbors use a lawn company and I have to keep my dogs out of their yard in fear it will kill him like it did a neighbors dog, they think~!


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Can you post a photo of it?
When I get a chance, I will. I have to figure out how to post a photo here too. Never have before.


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I will guess that what you have is bindweed and getting rid of it is a huge battle that I have not won yet.

I don't think that you can beat it without the use of chemicals unless you are able to dig, dig, dig, dig and then dig some more - probably every day throughout the growing season.

I think there are several threads here that offer some suggestions on how to deal with it.
I've been digging, but more-less pulling it out of the garden and going within the plants and pulling of which I end up pulling some of the good plants too~!


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Could be bindweed, but your description of how rampant it is sounds a bit like a parasitic plant called dodder. I know dodder is now being found in Michigan, and I hear it's new to Kansas, so chances are it's in your neck of the woods. It's awful.
I have no idea what it is or if I have ever planted it. It's spread to my concrete nearby and is coming up rapidly like it is spreading~!
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Old 07-21-2013, 11:00 AM
 
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Since bindweed is a perennial, Preen will not work on it. Perennial weeds are especially hard to kill, so you might first cut if off at the base. Then, if there is any re-growth either keep cutting it away until it starves the underground stem, or, wipe on a dab of round-up weed killer (don't touch any part of the neighbor plants), and wait a couple weeks. Repeat if needed. Bindweed has a flower that looks like morning glory.

Also, round-up will not poison your dog. It acts by stopping a biochemical reaction that does not occur in animals, only in plants.
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Old 07-21-2013, 11:01 AM
 
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Since bindweed is a perennial, Preen will not work on it. Perennial weeds are especially hard to kill, so you might first cut if off at the base. Then, if there is any re-growth either keep cutting it away until it starves the underground stem, or, wipe on a dab of round-up weed killer (don't touch any part of the neighbor plants), and wait a couple weeks. Repeat if needed. Bindweed has a flower that looks like morning glory.
It's not that easy as you say. I'm going to take some photos now and post them here shortly.
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