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Re: poke, immortal weeds

I mentioned that I have fewer weed problems because of the crowded nature of
my garden, but it wasn't always the case.  I fought bindweed for years and had
pretty much won out, but it still sneaks in on occasion and twirls up anything
it can get a grip on.  Bindweed is a horrible problem in some of our grounds
plantings at the Display Gardens.  No particular group is incharge of these
areas so they tend to get overrun until someone gets to them on a workday.  We
will never be rid of bindweed there.

On the other hand, I have created a weed problem for my neighbor who borders
my lot and grows nothing but grass for which he does nothing but mow.  My
Knautia cast volunteers from the inner side of my timber walk to the other
side.  They seemed ok there so I let them grow.  But then those seeded into
his lawn.  The rosettes lay flat for him to mow over and keep getting bigger. 
He mentioned to me last year that he didn't know where this new weed was
coming from, as most of his weeds come from the neighbor on his other side who
has a lawn made up of a combination of plantain, dandelions, and assorted
other weeds.  (I don't know if there's any grass left over there.)  So I've
yanked the outer knautia and am working on fixing that part of his lawn.


On Tue, 14 Jan 2003 12:38:01 EST ECPep@aol.com wrote:

> In a message dated 1/14/03 9:36:46 AM Eastern
> Standard Time, 
> Aplfgcnys@aol.com writes:
> .  You have expressed distaste for 
> Glechoma hederacea (ground ivy), 
> There is no horticultural list in existence
> that does not get around to this 
> plant.  It is what I believe is called
> circum-polar, that is the whole 
> planet.  Old books on indoors plants advise
> that is makes a great basket of 
> greenery for winter months.  A variegated form
> is sold for containers.
> You cannot win here, you cannot get rid of this
> pest unless you have small 
> and confined city garden.  If you have a
> country place and one small piece of 
> Glechoma, creeping Charlie, exists, more is
> coming.  Some plants cannot be 
> eradicated.  You may think them gone even for
> several years and then you 
> disturb some soil, perhaps strip some sod, and
> up comes the pest.  The 
> Northern form of horsetail (Equisetum) is also
> a permanent resident.  It may 
> do the nerves some good to accept that a few
> plants one hates with a passion 
> will not give up.  Therefore you chop off or
> pull up or crowd out if possible 
> these plants and dwell on your successes.
> As well as the two above, we also have weed
> called Chenopodium or sour grass 
> which is of delicate root and wispy tops and
> wins all the battles.  Some of 
> the older folk in my area eat it in salads.  I
> remove it every swath through 
> a border and when I look over my shoulder, the
> damn thing is coming up and 
> smiling at me.
> Claire Peplowski
> NYS z4 

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