If some find it aesthetically pleasing, others have only one thing in mind: get rid of it as soon as possible. We are talking about bindweed, a particularly invasive plant. But rest assured, there are simple and natural solutions to eliminate it. So, ready to get your hands dirty?
What is bindweed?
Scientifically known as convolvulus arvensisBindweed is a “weed” that has the unfortunate tendency to wrap around our plantations and take up all the water and nutrients. As a result, our plants lack air and energy to grow. This is why bindweed is considered one of the main enemies of gardeners and gardeners (along with horsetail).
The other bad news that shouldn’t make green hands happy is that the bindweed multiplies at high speed through the air (spreading of seeds by birds) and underground (the roots have buds). Note that bindweed is a bio-indicator plant that grows on compacted soil. It is therefore difficult to control its spread unless you follow the advice that will follow…
How to get rid of bindweed?
Stop its spread
As you will have understood, this invasive plant spreads through the air AND underground. To prevent it from invading your garden, you can start with: cut the buttons before flowers form and set seed. Further, don’t work on the land with a shovel or a rototiller at the risk of multiplying the buds present in the roots.
Loosen the ground
Bindweed thrives in compacted soil (often due to excess nitrogen or an accumulation of snow and rain). To avoid this phenomenon, it is advisable not to let the earth settle or compact in the ground. To do this, enrich your soil with a natural fertilizer or compost. This contribution benefits your crops and stops the growth of seeds.
If you have a little patience and have some time for you, you can pull out the roots bindweed with a spade fork (or gouge). This tool is essential because it allows you to search in depth and thus remove the entire foot. For optimal results, do not hesitate to repeat the operation regularly.
Be careful, we forget the chemicals that are toxic to fauna and flora. Follow these practical tips to promote biodiversity in your garden and protect the environment. With a little patience you will win the battle against bindweed!
To go further, here’s how to get rid of horsetail permanently in your yard.