L. Jones wrote:I suspect you need animals, but I don't know which ones would work best. In general, some sort of portable fence to contain a high density of livestock that eats the stuff down to nothing (or better yet, some sort of stock that considers it a delicacy, but I also don't know if that exists or what it might be for those weeds - pigs, perhaps?)
Matu Collins wrote:expensive to get all the trees and plants and animals and fences to begin with.
I can't plant the trees and plants until I have the weeds under control.
Matu Collins wrote:Bindweed and quackgrass are rampant. I want very much to plant lovely fruit tree guilds and hugelkultur my heart out, but I am daunted by the speed at which the weeds, especially the bindweed, envelop everything.
I have come up with a plan to plant mounds of cucurbita maxima, mainly long island cheese, along with a few others and sunflowers to shade out the bindweed. Broadcast clover has helped a bit, but I really am intimidated by the fragile dep roots, abundant flowers dropping abundant long-lived seeds, and agressive growing habits. Bindweed mites are not available in my state.
Does anyone have any experience with bindweed abatement? I love many weeds for many reasons, but cannot find much use for this one. Any advice will be most welcome.
Pamela Melcher wrote:Oops, apologies, I misunderstood my friend - he has used vinegar to kill weeds, but not bindweed, as it does not grow near him.
Vinegar may kill bindweed, as it kills many weeds.
This is exactly what he said:
"I've never had to deal with bindweed anywhere I have lived as of yet. So far it seems with white vinegar the dose depends on the weather/season and plant type and stage of growth. Sometimes 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water kills a lot of stuff (grass mostly the best) and sometimes mixing it stronger may be better. I would try full strength if they could afford it. Mix in a little dish soap and soak it good?"
He once told me that he sprays it only on the leaves. He does not soak the soil.
Sounds worth a try. I hope it works.
It is annoying, but if you catch it before it goes to seed, it is providing you with mulch.
I do better when I am not mad at what grows on our land. I can think better and enjoy the good that is also there in abundance.
Abundance for All!