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Name: Greg
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Brinybay
May 8, 2017 12:59 PM CST
I found an article that said BW will choke out other weeds. The area I'm considering could use a good weed "throttling". It used to be a Bohemian Knotweed forest. Starting last summer, I've been aggressively digging them up and plucking the shoots as soon as they appear. Add to that it's now getting invaded by Stinky Bobs and some other weeds. I've plucked out SBs before, and although they're easy to pull up, they live up to their name. I wasn't so much bothered by the smell, but the pollen wreaked havoc on my sinuses, so I had to wear a dust mask.

The article suggests that Bishop's Weed could possibly handle the SBs and other weeds. I would be content with that, plus the fact BH is a shade plant so it would do well in this area and also serve a purpose. What do you think?

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sooby
May 8, 2017 1:03 PM CST
From experience with Bishop's weed, I would say you'd be exchanging one problem for another. I would only use it where it could be guaranteed to be contained to it's designated area.
Name: Greg
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May 8, 2017 1:09 PM CST
sooby said:From experience with Bishop's weed, I would say you'd be exchanging one problem for another. I would only use it where it could be guaranteed to be contained to it's designated area.


I'm leaning towards not using it. It sounded promising at first, but the more I read the less I'm liking it. Especially after I found it listed as a "weed of concern" on the county's noxious weed list: http://www.kingcounty.gov/serv...
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Weedwhacker
May 8, 2017 2:08 PM CST
Never would I plant Bishop's Weed again (after doing so many years ago) and never would I recommend that anyone else plant it. And if I had those weeds, I would spray them with Roundup. Shrug!
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Name: Greg
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May 10, 2017 1:58 PM CST
Weedwhacker said:Never would I plant Bishop's Weed again (after doing so many years ago) and never would I recommend that anyone else plant it. And if I had those weeds, I would spray them with Roundup. Shrug!


Roundup isn't an option either since this patch is next to a creek. Plus I want to plant ferns in there.

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