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I'm being held hostage!

Posted by criticalmass Philadelphia, (My Page) on
Fri, Jul 27, 12 at 0:03

My wife and I have been terrorized by this... thing... for many years. It never occurred to me to ask for help here.

I don't know if what we have is a weed, a vine, an ivy, or a combination of the three. Basically, it's a very thin spaghetti-like thing that not only criss-crosses across the ground, but when it finds a plant or bush, like an azalea, rhododendron, and other things that only my wife can identify, it will wrap itself around the plant like a boa constrictor. It sprouts pretty little trumpet-like flowers which seem to die at night. This thing has not only somehow traveled from the front yard to the back, but it doesn't seem to affect the neighbors at all.

Now we DO also have some form of ivy growing as well. While I don't know a darned thing about gardening, it's been my theory that this vine and the ivy are related.

Yes, weed killer will work on it, however, due to the fact that it wraps itself around good plants, you have to be careful where you spray. I read a tip in a magazine that suggested filling a tube (like that you'd get included with a single rose to hold water) with weed killer, stick it in the ground, and put the end of the vine into it. This, however, doesn't get back to the root; it only kills about a foot of it.

I don't really care what it's called, I just want to know how to rid myself of it completely. Please see the attached picture. Thanks!

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RE: I'm being held hostage!

Bindweed - yep, it's agressive! Just get out your scissors and start cutting and KEEP cutting, then get out the Roundup. It's pretty, when in bloom, but can take over an area. We have areas here in my town where this vine has covered BLOCKS of land!

RE: I'm being held hostage!

It's a variety of Bindweed alright. Good luck getting rid of it. You have to dig up the underground tubers. Just killing off the above ground growth won't get rid of it. I have it growing in my azaleas and can't get to all the tubers. I've been fighting it for years.

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