Climbing weeds - Knowledgebase Question

franklin, Ma
Question by dialex
May 6, 2010
In one small flower garden only, I have had these climbing weeds that mimic morning glories with white flowers that wind around everything. I've tried pulling them out, spraying the leaves, stripping out the soil, ect.What are they called, and what can I do?

Answer from NGA
May 6, 2010


Sounds suspiciously like field bindweed. If so, it can be difficult to control because it spreads by underground roots and by seeds. You can cut the vines and immediately paint a vegetation killer on the stubs. A product such as Round Up will travel down to the roots and kill them off, too. It takes persistence, though because any part of a root that remains will sprout anew. Round Up will kill your other plants if it comes in contact with them so don't spray the bed, but do paint the stubs of the bindweed each time you cut them down. Eventually you'll get control.

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