Thanks for your input. I googled morning glory and found this about bindweed which they said is the same as morning glory.
"Vigilance and persistence are the two most useful weapons in your arsenal against bindweed. Watch for signs of this vine, and remove it as quickly as possible. The best way to get rid of bindweed is to cut it off at soil level. Don't bother pulling it up; it will just sprout wherever you tore the roots (and you will. It's impossible to get all of the roots out.) By continually cutting it off at ground level, and doing it as soon as you possibly can, you will eventually starve the plant (since it will be unable to photosynthesize) and it will die. Be patient! You will have to do this several times, but it will work.
I'm curious about this idea of cutting it off at ground level rather than digging out the roots. Maybe I'll try both.
I disagree with the web quote that says to cut it off at ground level. I find that doing so makes a thicker stronger root, just like with many other plants. The best way is to weed it out, be persistent. I did have a job where I was asked to use roundup bc my client was tired of paying me to weed the same area. Roundup tends to make a person stop weeding so does not dimish the problem. If you do decide to use roundup, it can be used responsibly. Don't spray! If you use it, either "paint" it on the cut root or use a dropper to pinpoint the cut tip of root. You must use the evil poison full strength and you must put it on the root within 5 minutes of cutting, and best on a hot sunny day. My neighbor has morning glory that originates under his house. The vine is literally growing underneath and through his siding. It is in these instances where roundup can be used responsibly. Having said all of that, Monsanto is pure evil and you should not buy a bottle of it. Find someone w a bottle and borrow a bit. Use your used tincture droppers and make sure to label! Another thing I have done is sheet mulch with a thick layer of cardboard, or put down plywood (i suppose plastic would work too) and the vines will float to the surface. Remove the cover and you'll have easier access to the vines. I currently have the job of removing morning glory from Brian H's property. Come have a look, it is VERY infested w morning glory and i plan on removing it within the year.
This is very helpful. I'd like to see what you are doing at Brian H's place. Give me a call with the location and I'll come over. What do you do with the morning glory that you pull out? I was told not to compost it. Do you put it in the SSC garbage for pick up? Can you put the part of the MG that is above ground, into your compost or do you have to get rid of all the plant?
christy nieto said: