Bindweed Unbound

By LarryR
August 14, 2013

I just spent the better part of an afternoon extricating the perennials in one of my flower beds from the death grip of field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis). Weeds don’t come much nastier than this thug. It’s considered one of the most noxious weeds in the world.

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Jan 8, 2014 12:37 AM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
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Jan 18, 2016 1:36 PM CST
Name: Karen
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I am new, and just found this article. You are correct about bindweed being horrible! I had never seen it until we bought a home in rural New Mexico. The garden I inherited was full of bindweed and we worked to eradicate it for over 10 years. We managed to get rid of most of it, but never all of it. I'm so happy that we don't have it in my Arizona or present New Mexico gardens.
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Jan 18, 2016 8:50 PM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
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Glad you don't have to worry anymore about that pesky weed! For more than a century, our gardens were bindweed free. Once you have it, you have to keep after it.
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Jan 18, 2016 8:55 PM CST
Name: Karen
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I'm happy too. I think that has to be the worst weed I've ever encountered. At the same place we had kochia (Sp?). They grew huge, and dried out to be huge tumbleweeds, but at least they were easy to pull out, and fairly easy to eradicate.
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Sep 23, 2016 7:42 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
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Great information. Every year I fight with bindweed.
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Sep 23, 2016 11:39 PM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Foliage Fan Cottage Gardener Tip Photographer Composter
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Many thanks, Mary. I tip my hat to you. I had really good results in a bed that was riddled with bindweed this spring. I swore to pull up every vine that showed its face, shortly after it emerged. I actually stuck with it through the whole season, even though there were many other projects that normally would take precedence. It worked! The bed is now free of bindweed. I'm anxious to see if it will stay that way next spring.
Gardener was the label imprinted on me when the souls were handed out and so be it. --Margaret Roach (Thank you, Sharon!) Notes from the Garden: Articles of interest on all aspects of gardening
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