Bindweed Solutions

milwdave(Zone5 Milwaukee)January 4, 2006

Here we go!!!!

I know y'all got it somewhere..how do you deal with it?

I've heard about a Bindweed Gall Mite that's supposed to be a control. Anyone heard of anyone using it here?

Dave

Milwaukee

Zone 5 but I'm not sure anymore

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Copperlilac(19)

I've never heard of any solution besides pulling the stuff out. Wonder how well the Bindweed Gall Mite works???

Copperlilac
Zone 5 but I'm beginning to wonder about it too ;)

    Bookmark   January 4, 2006 at 5:26PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
philosopher(Zone 5a WI)

Hi milwdave. I know I'm a little late to your inquiry, but I'm here to say that I've survived a terrible bout of bindweed. I'm sure it came along with some perennials I purchased from Bluestone, because the summer we planted those perennials the bindweed suddenly emerged all over the place. My solution was to pull, pull, pull out the vines whenever I was in the garden and then, during its growing periods (spring & summer) I painted on a broadleaf weed killer once a week for about 3 weeks straight. I'd call myself a 98% organic gardener, but this bindweed invasion was so intense and so overwhelming that I had to bring the big chemical guns out.

The bindweed didn't go away immediately, but I have to say that I really weakened it over time. By the second year, I was able to manage it by pulling the vines out once a week. The year after that, there were hardly any established vines to be found. I'll bet that will be the case again this year.

Another thing: Don't let any flowers form, because then it will self-sow all over the garden. Good luck & godspeed!

    Bookmark   February 21, 2006 at 1:12AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Rosie125

I am a peacemaker between gardeners and bindweed. These plants are not all that bad as you think they are. I hope scientific research can be done to prove that these "weeds" are actually beneficial.
Here's my theory: The roots go down very deep--I heard up to 17ft.; maybe that's an extreme estimate. However, they do go down deep 'cause I never seen the end of any of them! That means they are bring up all the nutrients that are washed by rain and watering. Another thing about the roots is that perhaps they are loosening the soil so that the garden plants grow their roots more deeply. Did you ever notice the spiral effect when pulling up bindweed?

My garden does very well where these weeds are present and not so good where they are not present or are scarce. Yes I have to fight them all the time along with other weeds so it is not so big of a deal. Then when the garden plants mature bindweed weaken and sometimes are working for me. For instance, they hold up the bean plants by wrapping themselves around them at the base. They shade the tomatoes when they are ripening.
I've got so familiar with this weed that now he is my garden friend. Bindweed comes and we chat and then I turn him away. He comes back and visits again and I turn him away again. Finally, I let him stay and we have a wonderful garden with him. Next spring I think he'll be much more lush than before. But I don't mind 'cause it's all the more fertilizer for the garden. I will miss you Bindweed if you never came back to see me again!!

    Bookmark   July 2, 2014 at 1:57PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Where can I buy bulk organic compost in Green Bay/Appleton area?
Does anyone know of a good source for bulk organic...
cukesalad
wanted weeping willow tree cuttings
Does anyone have a tree that I can get some cuttings? I...
happytomato2008
Hardy Hibiscus Moy Grande Mallow
Would like to buy a plant southern WI. or Northern...
hawkeye840
Pruning trees
When is the best time of year to thin out a young Redbud...
Leafhead
Patches of Dirt
My lawn seems to be an active mine field during the...
damando
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™