The Bane of Gardens - Ground Elder

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  1. uriah1

    uriah1 Telefied Gold Supporter

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    You can't get rid of it. You can't kill it. Blowtorching does not work either. Small explosives
    just spread the darn thing..

    There are many methods out there, but, usually they say, it only partially works.

    This is why I hate gardens. This is just a funny vid, but there are serious ones out there too.


     
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    Dang, I was looking for a "Granny went head first into the Marigolds" thread.
     
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    I've bamboo and bishops weed...the same chocolate mess. I've given up on the bishops weed and now call it "ground cover";).
     
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    The solution is called"Roundup".
     
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    I wasn't familiar with the name...so I looked it up. Member of the carrot family. Edible. Native to Europe and considered invasive in the US. Resilient invasives can be darn frustrating in gardening/landscaping. I don't use chemicals, but if you truly want to get rid of it (for the moment...), Ironwolf may be correct. I only use that stuff on poison ivy (Professor Dr. SWMBO is allergic to it) but perhaps it will help. You can try a concentrated vinegar/Dawn/Epsom Salt mixture first and see if that works, however.
     
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    Nice try, Big Brother.
    If someone could just invent flowers that behave like weeds and weeds that behave like flowers, I'd have a beautiful garden.
     
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    30% vinegar at that
     
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    whatever. that stuff doesn't spread from seeds well, but does spread from rhizomes? Ahem:

    https://garrettwade.com/product/fou...Pu6fc06Kn5urcb6avVzSqc6Komgha_sYaAoRzEALw_wcB

    it took 3 years, & a couple of older cheaper forks than that one, but the khaki weed is out of my yard, as well as most of the nasty queen anne's lace velcro seed crap and some other plant that looks kinda like dandelions, but is harder to mow with a reel mower cuz the stem's too rough.

    & then there's the trumpet-vine containment plan. (Shovel and grubbing hoe required, cuz the business-end of a trumpet vine is usually at least 12 & more usually 18" down. Wanna be aware of where the water and gas lines are . . . BUT, there's something deeply satisfying to me to pull a long (1-4 feet), baseball-bat thick section of root out from where I don't want 'em.)

    the milkweed, yarrow, oregano, mint, & thyme, though, they stay
     
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    Not much useful in that vid...
    My bane is Hops. Never add Hops to your garden. You can't stop them. They are like Morning Glory on steroids!
     
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    Ground elder is like crappy guitars on Craigslist that you couldn't give away.
     
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    The front lawn:

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    The back lawn:

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    Bummer.

    Never seen it, doesn't look like it does too well in high desert. As ever, xeriscaping for the win.
     
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    You misspelled that. It's spelled "carcinogen".
     
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    Deer. I gave up my garden because of them.
     
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    Got to get busy with the spade and dig it up, chase all the roots back and get rid of the lot, worked for my garden but it's not much fun!
     
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    I’m now down to about 30 hours annually of mitigating Russian knapweed in our property. Pulling and weed whacking. No spraying. We have the least amount in the entire area, but only because I invest the time. I have been outlining for a book comparing it to modern warfare.
     
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    Buy some goats.
     
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    Actually, a neighbor (about a mile away) had sheep that kept his knapweed in check, until he got too old and the price of wool dropped forcing him to sell off the sheep. Goats too are a great way to mitigate knapweed, but everyone has to get on board to make it work towards any long term effect.
     
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    Replying to temper my own smugness a bit.

    We do get weeds, they're just easier to see in amongst the rocks that make up our "turf" and they're a lot easier to pull since they start from the top and rarely establish roots; you just kick a few rocks out of the way and the weed generally comes with it. Every day I take a little stroll and come away with about this many in front and back yards... these are pretty small, only about a handful's worth.

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