Fence bindweed (Calystegia sepium) along with its relative the field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis) two species of bindweed, are considered weeds despite their pretty flowers due to their resistant growth and persistent spread. This year, many gardeners are again feeling plagued by their emergence. What can we do to get rid of this hardy, tender plant, preferably without harming the environment? We’ve rounded up some tips for you on how to combat fence bindweed.
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Fighting fence bindweed: characteristics of the plant
It looks beautiful, however, it climbs up other plants, winds around them and deprives them of nutrients and light. It keeps coming back and its seeds spread easily and quickly by the wind. Sometimes it turns out to be a seasonal marathon to get rid of the outwardly dainty plant. The roots of field bindweed, for example, can stretch more than two meters underground. In addition, it is difficult to free the plants from the bindweed. To get rid of it requires dedication, perseverance and patience.
Always cut off the shoots
When you try to weed, you find that the tender bindweed stem breaks off very easily. The best and most gentle way to banish the plant from the garden is to repeatedly knock off its shoots with a garden hoe at ground level. This, because the root is hardy and persistent, may take all season. By then, however, the root should be exhausted and no longer producing new shoots. If you find it too tedious to free the other plants from the residue of the climbing vine, you can also leave them on after you have cut off the root and let them dry out. They will then fall off on their own.
Using home remedies to combat the fence vine.
Since the plant grows up other plants that the gardener wants, it’s difficult to eliminate fence bindweed without affecting the other plants. However, you can try pouring hot water at the visible end of the root. That is, where you cut off the stem and the root can still be seen, in order to target and not affect other plants. However, be careful, because where you scald the soil, literally no grass will grow .
With cardboard and bark mulch against the field bindweed
If you want to make it very easy, you can, after chopping off the shoots, cover the area with solid cardboard and then cover with bark mulch . This will cause the root to suffocate after some time and the plant will die. However, if you use this method, you need to be patient, because it takes at least a year. In addition, it also gives effort and work to remove the remnants of the cardboard and bark mulch, under certain circumstances.
Sprays against the field bindweed – better not!
For the sake of the environment, refrain from spraying herbicides for a weed. This poisons the entire environment and kills beneficial insects, such as bees. This would be like the aforementioned shooting at sparrows with cannonballs. Consider using one of the other methods, after all, exercising while gardening is beneficial to both your mind and your physical exercise needs, for example, to compensate for sitting for long periods at work.
Tip: Create a raised bed
To protect your plants from weed infestation in advance, you can consider creating a raised bed. There the fence wind does not come so easily and you have saved yourself a lot of work. In addition, it is easier and easier on your back to work on the raised bed when you need to weed or do other work on it.