Friday, August 28, 2009

Conquering Morning Glory

Argh! I hate this stuff and it's everywhere in my garden. All efforts to eradicate it have failed.

So what does one do to find the solution to a problem? You google it! I found a mention somewhere that someone took the ends of the vine and stuck them in a strong Roundup solution and killed them to the root. Aha!! In talking about it with my DH, we came up with the idea to buy little flower tubes, those things florists use in flower arranging, fill them with Roundup, stick 'em in the ground with the ends of the plant thrust into the cap. Brilliant! :D

These tubes are pointed on the bottom so they easily are pushed into the ground and the cap ensures that the Roundup doesn't spill.

My friends, it is working!! And it works faster if you find the base of the plant, tear off a couple of the largest vines about 9-12 inches from the base, strip back the leaves and stick them in the tube. In an hour or so you'll see that the vine is beginning to shrivel and by the second day the smaller plants are dead totally; I'm giving the larger plants another day. And there's plenty of weed killer left in the tubes to plunk them down in another spot.

Maybe this idea will help you; maybe you've had a brilliant weed killing idea of your own you'd like to share . . . leave me a comment.

Happy weeding!


Kathryn said...

Dave and I bow to your great gardening wisdom, 'o mistress of google. We, too, are hosting a plague of Morning Glory. It's getting hard to buy Roundup here in the great white north, but we have a few more places to try.
Kathryn : )

Daffycat said...

Wahhh, all the times I've tried to get Morning Glories to grow and you can't get rid of it. Perhaps I should be happy I can't grow it now, right?

Perfect solution!

Sherry said...

What a great idea! You are talking about Morning Glories but our problem is Honeysuckle vines. This stuff is torture around here! It totally takes over and has even pulled our deck away from the house!

Carolyn NC said...

Well this is a good idea - thanks for sharing!

Siobhán said...

Woo! Good for you, Von! Isn't it wonderful how you can find answers to these sorts of things on the www??

Lynn said...

What a great idea! I'm just not sure if I can buy Roundup here anymore. They instituted a pesticide ban in Ontario this spring and most of our weed killers are no longer available. Guess I'll have to take a trip over the border to get some.
Von your garden is lovely. All your hard work is really paying off. Wish I had the time to fix mine up.

Cindy said...

That is an awesome tip! Our problem is euonymus (intentionally planted) that is taking over everything! We'll give this a try :)