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Name: Chryssylyss
Campbellford, Canada (Zone 5b)
Chryssylyss
Oct 27, 2016 1:43 PM CST
I have a rather nasty case of this invasive weed that I've been fighting since we bought this property 3 years ago. I've nearly eradicated it in one large bed by digging each and every plant until I can find no more roots. I think anything new that came up this year was from seeds. I've just started on another smaller bed, which is far worse, and am wondering if there's another non-chemical method that might be easier on my back. Thanks for any help!
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Oct 28, 2016 10:39 AM CST
What is it ? Send picture ?
But it sound like berumada. It comes up from root peaces.
Ceep on digging !!!
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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
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Shadegardener
Oct 28, 2016 10:44 AM CST
Ah - bishop's weed/gout weed. That one is tough to eradicate as it can resprout from the smallest bit of rhizome left behind.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Oct 28, 2016 11:18 AM CST
Chry: me again !
Thinking outside the box !
Had to have my coffee. He he !!!
Maybe you could Solarize the soil !
Or do the lasagna style gardening !
Cardboard 1st. then hay. then newspaper.then straw.then compost.then mulch #
Now let those weeds come through that ### 😄😄😄
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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Oct 28, 2016 12:32 PM CST
I did win the war against Aegopodium/Bishop's Weed/Gout Weed but it did take a lot of digging and constant vigilance (and more digging):

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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
Oct 28, 2016 1:25 PM CST
I had thought about solarization but in these cooler climates, it would probably take all summer to do the trick. Lasagna method might have some promise.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
Name: Chryssylyss
Campbellford, Canada (Zone 5b)
Chryssylyss
Dec 29, 2016 11:38 PM CST
Thanks so much for all your responses! I did end up digging for days on end until my back could take it no longer and, though it's no guarantee, I'm pretty sure I got 99% of it in this smaller bed (20'x8'). The biggest issue is that this bed has had peonies growing in it for, I'm told, 50+ years-the same peonies. I could not penetrate some of the peonies to get at the roots of the tiny monks weed plants growing on top of them. Winter has now set in so I'll need to wait until spring to see if I should just bulldoze the whole bed ... lol. Again, thanks for your responses. /Chrys

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