In Support of Vines and Climbers: Timely Article and Good Advice

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In Support of Vines and Climbers

By Sharon
May 18, 2013

Are you in an ongoing battle with climbers that insist on invading your space? Do they double in size overnight and block your way out the door? Here are a couple of ideas that might help.

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May 18, 2013 6:55 AM CST
I do have invasive wisteria and invasive ivy along with trumpet creeper, creeping charlie, and China Berry and oriental privet. Very invasive and out of control. But still gardening IS about the gardener being in control. I inherited my invasive plants, but still I guess I have to take responsibility for them since as yet I do not have the upper hand. In this area chinese wisteria is akin to the oriental kudzu that lines the highways--and it acts the same way. and ivy climbs trees and shoots its purple berries all over the place and the poison ivy kind comes up averywhere Im not sure how it spreads.

It would be great to look forward to spring as a season of gardening--not as a season for land clearing activities!

Cliippers, pruners, cardboard and mulch --used weekly--are good defensive tools against invasives. If you have to resort to glyphosate--maybe you haven't been doing your job as a gardener.

Thanks for the article, Sharon.
Name: Sharon
Calvert City, KY (Zone 7a)
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May 18, 2013 9:35 AM CST
Hazelnut, I think I've spent the past 40 years right here in this same spot fighting creeping charlie, ground ivy, bindweed, trumpet vine, poison ivy vine and various other climbers that appear every single summer. I still fight them. But I decided a long time ago that since the climbers seem to love this warm humid area, then I'd choose which ones I wanted to live with. So far, so good, but I'm still fighting most of the others.

Sometimes I think they all have a mind and a determination of their own.

I have to tell you that I was greatly influenced by an article you wrote a few years ago about climbing roses and allowing them to grow up trees. I have a redbud that was damaged by a horrific ice storm in '09, I'll probably lose it eventually. But for the moment, a Peggy Martin rose grows up its mangled branches and a red honeysuckle vine was added about a year ago. The redbud is wearing new clothes.

And on another trellis where I decided I needed just one more wisteria, I planted two roses that my neighbor tossed my way. She had not realized that her roses were climbers. I haven't worked my way around to that side of the yard yet, but before it becomes a tangled trap of wisteria and thorny roses, I will. Here's what it looks like this week, you can't see in the picture but the roses are also blooming through the top of the wisteria - thanks so much for that long ago article!
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