bindweed - Knowledgebase Question

Woodridge, Il
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Question by mommaloon
July 20, 2010
I have some type of groundcover weed (wild morning glories?) that is suffocating some perennials. I have not been able to find anything to help get rid of this weed. Any suggestions?

Answer from NGA
July 20, 2010
You've probably not been successful in finding a product to kill out the bindweed because it is very difficult to control when it is in an established flower bed. Anything that will kill the bindweed will also kill your perennials. It is possible to kill the bindweed if you are persistent. Start by cutting the weeds as ground level and then immediately paining Round Up or Brush Be Gon directly on the stubs. Don't spray the weeds - any herbicide that drifts onto your perennials will damage them. Use a paintbrush to apply the product. After you've applied the product to the stump, pull out the vines and then move on to the next patch. Repeat as needed until you clear the bindweed out. Then, every few days inspect the area for new sprouts. Bindweed produces enough energy to start strengthening the roots when it reaches the six-leaf stage, so never allow plants to produce more than six leaves. Pull them as soon as you recognize them and immediately paint the stubs with Round Up. Eventually you'll starve out the roots of the pesky plants. Good luck with your eradication project!

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