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Wet ground - opportunity to pull invasive vines

 
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So after a week of rain, 8 inches plus to be exact, I decided to manage some invasive winter creeper.
Typically, tugging on it breaks the vine quickly and in short chunks, leaving most of the nuissance in the soil where it continues to thrive.

Today, with the soil absolutely sopping wet, the vine is coming out in long strands, and I think I'm seeing tap root come up. Am astonished how easily it is pulling.

Time will tell if it comes back as strong and quick as before, but today at least, I feel like I'm winning.
 
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hey j

it is crazy saturated up here as well...yesterday i was pulling up some pretty good size pine tree sprigs...just pulling them right up...pretty much freaked me out...lol

wasn't planning on it...but, i might take some time today to go out and clean up that little area a bit better...before i lose it...
 
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Hey, neat.

Your reply made me wonder so I walked out and tugged on a privet bush, came right up.

Thanks!
 
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J Davis wrote:Hey, neat.

Your reply made me wonder so I walked out and tugged on a privet bush, came right up.

Thanks!



LOL...UP UP AND AWAY AROUND HERE!!! BEAUTIFUL DAY...LOL
 
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I'm pulling up weeds like hairy bitter crest and purple dead nettle in my yard.  Plus dandelion and violet flowers.
 
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J Davis wrote:So after a week of rain, 8 inches plus to be exact, I decided to manage some invasive winter creeper.
Today, with the soil absolutely sopping wet, the vine is coming out in long strands, and I think I'm seeing tap root come up. Am astonished how easily it is pulling.



Sweet!  I hope I can remember to try this next time the opportunity comes around.  
 
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I have been using the overly wet soil here to my advantage. Pulled some thorny locust trees out by the roots, last time I did that I got about 5 foot long roots, this time I was getting 15 foot long roots out.

I moved from the desert, and that was always a good trick for bad weeds: put a nozzle on a hose and use it to blast down the side of the root, turn off the water, let the ground sit for an hour or so until it's soaked in and the soil is well saturated, and it would come up. Desert caliche soil + deep tap rooted weeds took some creativity.
 
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