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Old 05-24-2018, 02:18 PM
 
Location: SE corner of the Ozark Redoubt
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the Virginia creeper on my property has roots up to 20+ feet long. I don't really mind them though, they're vastly preferable to the oriental bittersweet that I spend hours battling.
I don't know how you managed to measure the root length, but that is somewhat of a challenge. I generally consider a 25 foot perimeter around my dwelling as a free kill zone where I don't want anything except what I invite there. With 20 foot roots, if they are rhizomes, that would present a challenge.
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Old 05-29-2018, 10:57 AM
 
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I don't know how you managed to measure the root length, but that is somewhat of a challenge. I generally consider a 25 foot perimeter around my dwelling as a free kill zone where I don't want anything except what I invite there. With 20 foot roots, if they are rhizomes, that would present a challenge.
I have areas where the leaves weren't removed for a very long time, and when they finally were moved, there were tons of roots crisscrossing all over the place. I pulled a bunch of them up. they're actually right up at the surface of the soil. you're right, rhizomes is probably a more precise term to use here.

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Old 06-02-2018, 09:35 AM
 
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I would get rid of it for reasons already mentioned above. It will just take over, drop seeds into your flower beds, climb over everything...get rid of it. I do not allow it to live in my yard.
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Old 06-02-2018, 01:03 PM
 
Location: SE corner of the Ozark Redoubt
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I have already hit it twice, and got it "on the ropes"
but complete elimination may be a bit of a problem,
since I have wilderness on three sides of my property.
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Old 06-02-2018, 01:21 PM
 
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Persistence overcomes resistance...
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Old 06-03-2018, 12:05 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Persistence overcomes resistance...
Yep. It will eventually give up.
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Old 06-05-2018, 08:21 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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I have a lot of it here, but I don’t find it to be too aggravating, certainly not as much as smilax or peppervine.
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Old 06-06-2018, 06:12 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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About 300 of them seem to have lost their way,
and wound up out here in the Ozarks

I will have to get rid of most of them,
but since you put in a good word for
them, I will probably keep a few around.
Don't. It's as invasive as English Ivy and just as hard to get rid of. If you keep any around you'll be fighting a long twilight war with it as long as you live there.

I've been doing that for 30 years and I think I've turned the corner. It's taken hours and hours of digging, an even longer time pulling it out and gallons of Round Up.
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Old 06-06-2018, 11:35 AM
 
Location: SE corner of the Ozark Redoubt
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Don't. It's as invasive as English Ivy and just as hard to get rid of. If you keep any around you'll be fighting a long twilight war with it as long as you live there.

I've been doing that for 30 years and I think I've turned the corner. It's taken hours and hours of digging, an even longer time pulling it out and gallons of Round Up.
Well, I have decided it isn't in my best interest to keep
any of it around, but OTOH, I won't be able to completely
get rid of it, since it is on properties adjacent to mine.

(It also seems somewhat resistant to Roundup, probably
because of those very long rhizomes.)
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Old 06-06-2018, 01:28 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Well, I have decided it isn't in my best interest to keep
any of it around, but OTOH, I won't be able to completely
get rid of it, since it is on properties adjacent to mine.

(It also seems somewhat resistant to Roundup, probably
because of those very long rhizomes.)

Multiple applications. Note I said gallons.
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