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Re: CULT: The Joys of Weeding

From: "Mark, Maureen" <MARKM@tc.gc.ca>

Hear, hear, Anner.  My backyard neighbour always seems to choose invasive
plants to put along our fenceline.  We mostly do a lot of pruning but on
occasion, we need to pull out the RoundUp.  Other places we use RoundUp are
crevices in the driveway and where the driveway meets the house.

Maureen Mark
Ottawa, Canada (zone 4)

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> Reply To: 	iris-talk@onelist.com
> Sent: 	Thursday, September 03, 1998 12:18 PM
> To: 	iris-talk@onelist.com
> Subject: 	[iris-talk] CULT: The Joys of Weeding
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> Greetings:
> There are a very few rampant plants with whom peaceful coexistance is nigh
> impossible and manual eradication is impossible. In these few cases I
> believe
> the use of an herbicide is called for, but that the least possible amount
> should be used,  and only as a last resort, and that the plant should be
> targeted closely. 
> Here is my example: My neighbors decided to have some work done on their
> brick
> garage's roof. This structure abuts my garden and is crowned with a red
> trumpet vine--Campsis radicans--which has a main trunk that is five inches
> in
> diameter. I have kept this plant in check with judicious pruning in the
> winter
> months and we enjoy it a lot. To access the roof the neighbors cut the
> thing
> back in its season of most vigorous growth and it retaliated by sending
> forth
> shoots from its extensive root system. Shoots emerged from the soil all
> over
> my garden, some as far away as twenty-five feet from the main trunk. After
> due
> consideration of the problem I went out with a shot glass of concentrated
> herbicide and a Q-tip and treated all the new shoots. I doubt that I have
> killed the mother plant, and I doubt that I have seriously impacted the
> environment, but it appears that I have slowed those shoots, every one of
> which was capable of growing a foot a week and all of which would have
> been
> stimulated to greater growth by just cutting them off. Digging them up
> would
> have been impossible since the majority appeared within the impacted root
> zone
> of a forty foot magnolia.
> I concur that these chemicals are dangerous to the planet and should be
> used
> as a last resort when detante is not feasible and no other means of
> controlling the vegetation is possible. Not when no other means is
> convenient,
> but when no other means is possible.  
> Anner Whitehead
> HIPSource@aol.com
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