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Name: Tamara
Central Valley, California (Zone 9b)
Monetwwqi
Apr 10, 2018 11:11 PM CST
I have been trying to get rid of some volunteer morning glory for several years now. It is now growing under and into my rose bushes. I do as much pulling as I can, but I can't bend down anymore and I can't get my chair close enough under the rose bushes (they are taller than my house). I thought about trying vinegar, but with my luck the morning glories would love it, but my roses wouldn't.

I also have a Wild Rambling Rose that is beautiful for about a minute a year. The rest of the time it is bunches of very long, very thin brown branches with very, very fine needle like stickers. You would swear it was a cactus if the stems weren't so long.
I planted a very small cutting (less than 4 inches) over 40 years ago in my flower bed on the side of my house, and I have been trying to eradicate it ever since. Many a year, when I was able to, I would dig down at least 2 to 3 feet and pull out all the roots I could find. I even dug under the cement walkway. Unfortunately it always came back. Not watering doesn't work. I haven't watered the lawn on that side of the house for years because of the drought. Even before the drought I maybe watered once a month.

Does anyone have any suggestions of what I can do, preferably without chemicals? I know that may be hard but I'd like to try.
Name: Kyle
Middle TN (Zone 7a)
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quercusnut
Apr 10, 2018 11:43 PM CST
Without chemicals? That's gonna be tough. A little glyphosate concentrate applied to all growing points will kill it forever. Your choice. Big Grin
As far as the morning glories? Preen or other weed preventer 'might' take care of them. Again your choice.
[Last edited by quercusnut - Apr 10, 2018 11:46 PM (+)]
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