White vinegar for weeds

(David Martin) #3

I tend to use CH3COOH and NaCl myself. :slight_smile:

(jacqueline barnsley) #4

Sorry David but what are they ?:smiley:

(David Martin) #5

Vinegar and salt. :slight_smile:

(Paul Flinders) #6

Sounds a bit chemically to me - you’ll be advocating use of dihydrogen monoxide in the garden next!!

(Bill Morgan) #7

Keep a bit for yer chips Dave :slightly_smiling_face:

(jacqueline barnsley) #8

Well if I’d have been any good at chemistry and such I should have know that :roll_eyes:

(Jane Jones) #9

Salt will contaminate the soil and make it diffiult for anything else to grow… I salted a driveway once and after it rained the plants in the adjacent beds died from salt run off

(Mandy Davies) #10

My friend has just bought some land with a river running at the bottom of it. She has cut down the enormous bamboo adjacent to the river but it’s starting to grow again.

Any ideas for killing it? She doesn’t want to use salt or any chemicals for fear of polluting the river.

(Bill Morgan) #11

Be interested in any advice Mandy, a neighbour has the same prob’, I inherited it in Portugal, a nightmare!

(John Withall) #12

Noooo, that stuff is lethal, kills many people every year.

(stella wood) #13

I’ve a feeling that with bamboo… it is not just a question of cutting it down… but removing the roots… rhizomes or whatever they are…

this could well be a difficult and long-term thing… :zipper_mouth_face::persevere:

(Chris Kite) #14

Yes, getting the rhizomes out is the answer…hard work though…

(jacqueline barnsley) #15

Definitely digging out as much of the bamboo as possible from as deep as possible, our friend found that the more she chopped the more shoots it sent up, her bamboo problem was coming from a neighbouring property ,a bit like japanese knotweed in my opinion

(stella wood) #16

Bamboo can be a real pest. In a way, she may need to make an impenetrable perimeter (underground) between her neighbour and her own garden… to stop the roots running…

what does the neighbour think about it all… perhaps the neighbour is unaware of the problem… or, even better, might be persuaded to get rid of her offending bamboo too… :smile::wink:

(jacqueline barnsley) #17

Unfortunately it is a tenanted property the bamboo is coming from and landlord is not bothered… a barrier would be best way but the bamboo comes up in her border and roses , maybe a regular painting with gel weedkiller or even injecting roundup so as not to ruin her plants, but may knock it back a bit :wink:
I know someone who controls a neighbours patch of knotweed in the same way . He does it when it is dark :laughing:
For some reason France is way behind in the control of JKW, the river banks in Aubusson and Limoges are smothered in it.

(Jane Jones) #18

Shouldn’t use round-up or similar anywhere near a watercourse. You could do great harm to the fish etc. It’s one of the reasons why JKW is so hard to control along watercourses.

Hammer a 50cm depth sheet of corrugated iron as a root barrier. And then chop and chop and chop anything your side of the barrier and it will eventually weaken.

It took us 2-3 years to get rid of a bamboo that previous owners had planted but eventually it went…

(Phillip Cox) #19

get a panda

(Mandy Davies) #20

Not sure that’s terribly practical :grin::panda_face:

The neighbours have a couple of goats though :goat::goat:

(Mandy Davies) #21

Thanks for all the responses on bamboo. Will pass on your comments.

Not yours @phillipcox :wink:

(Mary Wolcott) #22

Hi Mandy,

I have dealt with bamboo before. It has to be taken care of in the same manner as any plant that thrives via extensive root network… That is to say, one has to contain the network. So, if all of the bamboo must be removed, it can’t just be cut down, it must be dug up so that all roots are removed. If one wants to have a small area of bamboo, it’s possible to try to contain within an area, by creating a barrier sunk fairly deeply into the ground. But still, a plant is a plant and it will do its best to propagate. So, even with a barrier in the ground, one has to watch for wayward shoots pressing up outside of the barrier. Thankfully, the wayward shoots are easier to remove if one has spotted them early on. It’s just a matter of checking regularly, especially during the warmer months.