Growing Concerns 532: Wild morning glory issues
Time and consistent attention what gardener needs to best
wild morning glory
How do I get rid of wild morning glory?
You can move to a new garden. Or keep hoeing and pulling the
infested area every week to ten days. That's what farmers call
"clean cultivation" and if it doesn't eventually eliminate the weed
it does keep it at bay.
After four years of this treatment, albeit with occasional
lapses in attention, I can report that I've almost beaten it in a
garden that was once badly infested.
D.G. prevented construction equipment from ruining
...by spreading an eight inch depth of mulch over the paths
equipment would follow to install a pool and patio. After the
machines finally left and D.G. peeled back the mulch, the soil was
still a living, breathing thing. Hooray!
Green thumbs up
to educating local gardeners about our effect on water quality.
Improving the porosity of our soil enhances plant growth and also
opens the earth to filter more rainwater. It's a far better thing
than letting that water carry loose soil and debris straight into
the storm drains.
Green thumbs down
to wrenching on your clippers as you trim plants! It's painful
to watch and devastating to the shrub or tree when you clamp down
on a limb then pivot your pruners as you would a "C" wrench. That
motion mutilates the tissue left behind, opening it to infection,
poor growth or death. If you can't cut a branch easily with hand
pruners, use ratchet pruners, loppers or a saw.
Originally published 9/6/03