Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Five Ways to Get Rid of Bindweed

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Five Ways to Get Rid of Bindweed

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¦ SNIP OFF WEED AT BASE: Once you have identified bindweed (thick white roots running deep and horizontally, growing stems and leaves where they surface), see how much of it there is. For a small patch, remove the top growth weekly to weaken and eventually kill the plants. Cut bindweed at the base with scissors or shears, forcing it use its energy reserves in its roots, which will kill it. Do this regularly.

¦ SPRAY IT: Use a spot weedkiller, taking care not to let it spread on to other plants, preferably a systemic type - glyphosate - which the plants' leaves will absorb and take down to the roots, killing the whole thing. For maximum effect, do this in early summer. Place bamboo canes where you see it to allow it to wind up.

Paint weedkiller on the leaves for maximum effect.

¦ POUR BOILING WATER OVER IT: If you don't want to use weedkiller, pour boiling water over the bindweed and around three inches beyond where it is growing, to kill as much root as possible. …

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