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bindweed and quackgrass holding me back  RSS feed

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Location: Cincinnati, Ohio,Price Hill 45205
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I have had bindweed for years, it was readily smothering  indeterminate tomates, grape vines, hardy kiwi, mint, jchokes,raspberries, Rose Of Sharon,etc.
This year, it's hardly around.
Why? Chickens.
They don't seem to like the adult plants but their scratching and pecking has destroyed every annual plant they can get to.
I'm growing onions,garlic and comfrey in milk crate "tractors" ,and annuals under snowfence and pvc frames.
Some bindweed shows up in the franes, but I pull it and throw it to the chooks.
This is how i plan to replant the whole yard in chicken forage.
My wife is just wanting greenery,having suffered through  a back yard made barren by my massive junk...collection,which is being relocated.
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We have tried everything we have at our disposal to get rid of quackgrass. It's because the land was neglected for at least 80 years. No one would try to deal with it which gave it a life of its own. I have tried everything. I have seen it grow under cardboard with wood chips piled on top of it in the heat of summer. By fall, which was 9 months after we put that down, it was still green underneath all of that. It was very disheartening. But we have tried for 8 years. We do not have money for cover crops, or a bulldozer, or machinery of any kind to try to pull it out. We would lose all of our top soil to pull it out. Then I'd have to pay to have top soil back in. That's expensive and sad. We have fantastic top soil.
I'm watching to see how people are dealing with this - that land back there used to be a living orchard, this area was - and people chopped them down because I guess they figured the horse or cow couldn't find their way around the trees.
So I believe the land is sad, and has just grown out of control. The best time to remove it is in February when it's just become unfrozen. It comes right now. It would take ten to 20 people to remove the entire area of it. We are trying wood chips and card board but it's nasty stuff, the smallest hole and it will grow.
Disappointed and frustrated,
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