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advice on black swallow wort?

 
edy rees
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This scourge has been trying to kill everything in our garden, and I just found out this spring that I was using totally wrong methods to get rid of it. For years, I'd pulled it wherever I saw it, and sometimes, where it wasn't too close to rose bushes, etc., I tried digging down to get at the very bottom of roots, but even after digging down at least a foot, and getting to lots of rocks, etc., there was still more root, so at that point I'd give up. This spring at our local flower show, someone explained that when we pull them, we stimulate root growth and they multiply. They suggested cutting instead, so that's what I've begun to do. Also, I got these guys to remove our ugly chain link fence (for free -- they wanted the metal for scrap), so now it's much easier to get at weeds from more angles, so I'm hoping this may be the year we begin to turn it around. Does anyone have other suggestions, besides weekly cutting of this stuff? Our yard seems so small, but we're on a corner, which gives more edges for the black swallow wart to grow along.
 
Varina Lakewood
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I had to look this weed up. My sincere condolences.
Here's the best link on it that I found.
Hope it is of some help.
http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/invasivetutorial/black_swallow_wort_M_C.htm
 
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