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Bethany1991
May 17, 2020 7:42 AM CST
My husband and I recently bought a home with a beautiful flower bed in the backyard. However, we found out that it's been overrun by goutweed. I've done a lot of research online and have learned that it's extremely difficult to get rid of. The flower bed is completely full of it so it would be almost impossible to go through and attempt to pick it all out and solarize it...plus, it would end up killing all the other flowers around it. We're wondering if it may just be a better choice to tear up the bed, lay down some kind of ground cover and build a raised bed over it, essentially just covering up the ground completely?
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Name: Rj
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crawgarden
May 17, 2020 9:06 AM CST
Welcome to the site!
A pic would be helpful.
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Name: Arlene
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pirl
May 17, 2020 9:13 AM CST
I have managed to delete it in three gardens but it's getting every piece of root that takes dedication to the job.

As Rj said, a photo would be a big help.
Nova Scotia, Canada
Bethany1991
May 17, 2020 10:10 AM CST
Thank you!
I've uploaded a couple photos! The garden is a bit of a "wild" garden so everything is all rather mixed in
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
May 17, 2020 10:19 AM CST
Your photos didn't post. When it's mixed in with other plants, it is more difficult to attack. Lifting surrounding plants can help you get each sprout - a huge job.
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Bethany1991
May 17, 2020 10:28 AM CST
Let me try again!
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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
May 17, 2020 11:25 AM CST
Maybe it's just me but I don't spot the goutweed. This is one of the areas where I had it...and deleted it.
Nova Scotia, Canada
Bethany1991
May 17, 2020 11:33 AM CST
My neighbour said she didn't think it was either because it didn't have white in it but I used a plant identifier and it labeled it as gout weed. Apparently there is a type that's only green.
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Bethany1991
May 17, 2020 11:35 AM CST

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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
May 17, 2020 2:01 PM CST
That surprises me but always good to know. It's still the same ordeal of digging them out. Wish I had an easier answer for you but I don't.
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Bethany1991
May 17, 2020 2:32 PM CST

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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
May 17, 2020 3:57 PM CST
Tricky is a good way to describe it.
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
May 17, 2020 4:16 PM CST
Thinking I would let the garden grow in a little and see what plants are worth keeping. Than decide on your plan of action.

This may be able to give you some information:

https://novascotia.ca/agri/doc...
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
May 17, 2020 5:51 PM CST
Good idea, Rj.
Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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NJBob
May 17, 2020 7:35 PM CST
I have had the variegated and eventually it reverted to all green as it spread. I think the all green ones came from reseeding itself. I used 30% vinegar which seemed to kill much of the variegated but the all green is much harder to kill.
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario (Zone 5b)
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SunnyBorders
May 17, 2020 9:29 PM CST
Goutweed really is a difficult weed to remove manually. I did succeed with a small spread of the variegated form, though I had been warned that the roots/rhizomes can extend as much as four foot down.

Personally, I would be willing to try the vinegar, as per Bob, but would not use some of the herbicides recommended on-line. Another approach you hear about is covering the beds with tarps, or the like, and leave them down through a growing season. Any plants you wanted to keep could be dug up, cleaned of goutweed and kept potted up.
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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
May 18, 2020 7:53 AM CST
So glad I never knew how deep those roots could go! It might have kept me from attempting removal.

I did the black plastic treatment to rid myself of the evil Houttuynia. That was in 2012. Now it has returned.

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