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Name: Vickie
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Aug 13, 2021 8:36 AM CST
Great stories about the multiflora roses! I can't imagine cutting one of those into match sized pieces. Smiling
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sedumzz
Aug 13, 2021 8:40 AM CST
It was soooo tiring!! There were like 30 people doing it!
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Aug 13, 2021 4:55 PM CST
sedumzz said:It was soooo tiring!! There were like 30 people doing it!


Woah!
Name: Mike
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Hazelcrestmikeb
Sep 22, 2021 11:31 PM CST
I'm going with Anemone Sylvestris, and Trumpet Vine. Grumbling
Tradescantia aka Widows Tears is another. Cute little seeding everywhere little buggers.
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Name: Bea
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bumplbea
Sep 23, 2021 1:15 AM CST
Can we add a few shrubs and small trees to the despised wish list of invasive plants?

For example the 'Peanut Butter' shrub or Clerodendrum which sends out enough suckers to fill a forest every year. D'Oh! No kidding…

The Hazelnut trees (Corylus avellana) constant suckers around the base . At least 6-8 feet out.

Oh yes the gorgeous 'Stella' magnolia trees grows like a weed. I cut them down every two years to 10 feet and all the limbs grow back..in two seasons . It grows over 25-30 feet with lots of blooms every spring . It helps to rejuvenate the root system. D'Oh! Otherwise these cute little trees that are sold only to grow 12'-15' are beasts that will grow into a huge wall as wide as they are tall to 30'.

Most of the invasive perennial clematis vines , virginia creeper, sliver vine especially are tricky. I cut the tops off a few inches from the ground of the actively growing areas then use a weed or brush killer full strength with a small paint brush to brush across the freshly cut tops. Tips provided from those tv garden shows. Time consuming but I only did it once. Nothing else around the intended invasive plant had any issues.

Then if anyone needs help eliminating their trumpet vines… I have a few deer that will take them out in less than one season. Or if your in the city rent some goats, Oregon does that it really works.

Then of course all the invasive perennials mentioned above also grown over the years became a battle to eliminate. But it helps to have the occasional once in a 20 year ice storm that will help freeze the invasive plants , seeds and creepers out in one winter. Along with a few other beloved plants not included on the despised invasive wish list.

It's a variety of techniques that are frequently available .


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Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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gardenfish
Sep 23, 2021 4:25 AM CST
Cutting any vines and then painting on full strength brush killer works very well with poison ivy and blackberries. I should know, because this was the way I finally eliminated them in my back yard!
Trumpet vine and clematis is highly invasive here, and both of them fill up undeveloped lots all over town here. We also have a pretty good stand of kudzu going on down by the lake.
The perennial I regretted planting was pampas grass. Once that stuff gets big it's almost impossible to dig up!
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purpleinopp
Sep 23, 2021 7:35 AM CST
Nobody has mentioned spider plant. Chlorophytum comosum. If you live where it is hardy and let it get away from a pot and into the ground, you are probably cursing it.
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Gardener2493
Sep 23, 2021 9:03 AM CST
Well... if I must, here in Arizona, Acacia salicina, a popular landscape tree, is slowly turning into more of a curse than a boon. I do not have it personally but my neighbors do. It reseeds everywhere and sends out suckers. It is a real pain.
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Name: Peggy
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Peggy8b
Sep 23, 2021 11:37 AM CST
bumplbea said:But it helps to have the occasional once in a 20 year ice storm that will help freeze the invasive plants , seeds and creepers out in one winter. Along with a few other beloved plants not included on the despised invasive wish list.


Man, I wish that technique had killed out all the crab grass, quack grass, goose grass, and dove weed in my flower beds. Texas got the once-in-100-year freeze in February yet those weeds are so out of control right now, I think they clearly just thumbed their nose at our 4º-9º for a week! I think I'm investing in Preem stock. At least next year, I'm using their product and their mulch impregnated with Preem exclusively to see if that helps. My beds are too large to hand weed with my bad back and hip issues.
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Name: Lynda Horn
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gardenfish
Sep 23, 2021 1:08 PM CST
We got to -9, and it didn't do anything to the weeds here. They're like cockroaches. I think it would take a nuclear bomb to take care of them. Not that I'm saying……..
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Name: Peggy
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Peggy8b
Sep 23, 2021 1:54 PM CST
And I have my doubts on a nuclear bomb being successful with weeds or roaches.
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Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario (Zone 5b)
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SunnyBorders
Sep 23, 2021 2:43 PM CST
Don't know if it's been mentioned but there's all those perennials that have died on me. My largest regret, in this case, has been many lovely penstemons which I planted.

Re invasives: after all the effort to eliminate them, some have happily faded from memory, though I'm sure that if offered any of these, I'd would recognize them. One of the more recent invasive was Anemone sylvestris (mentioned by Mike). That one came with the double punch of both seeding and running.

Bea also mentioned shrubs and small tree. Not on our property, but on the neighbours': common /European buckthorn, which is also very damaging here to local ecosystems. One year I counted buckthorn seedlings as I pulled them out from in front of our cedar hedge (the seeds are spread by birds). I stopped at something like 316. So we paid to get the offending tree removed from the neighbour's garden.
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Gardener2493
Sep 23, 2021 3:10 PM CST
In my old residence in upstate New York, there was a small thicket with buckthorn and Elaeagnus umbellata (oleaster).

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