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Weed control, management, ecology, and minutia
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by Florence
on August 19, 2016 at 11:13 AM
We left our 100 foot by a 100 ft garden area for 5 years as we were away for work. We usually grow potatoes corn squash etc for a community. Trying to keep the bind weed and another weed that resembles the potato plant has been a battle we have lost. It's too late for this year but after we harvest the potato's in the fall and the corn and squash what can we do to prevent this problem next year. Our compost etc just made the weeds a problem we've NEVER before had. Makes me sick and sad. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Reply by Lynn M. Sosnoskie
on August 19, 2016 at 11:34 AM
Hi Florence, bindweed is a tough one. I looked at some homeowner herbicides for bindweed management and found those that contained glyphosate as an active ingredient were effective at suppressing the vines. http://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=19255  
 
Bindweed is a perennial with very deep roots, so whatever you do (spray, pull, etc...)...you need to keep doing it repeatedly to try and exhaust nutrient reserves!
by Brad Hanson
on August 19, 2016 at 2:29 PM
Florence,  
You might find some useful information here:  
http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7462.html  
This link goes to the UC Integrated Pest Management Pest Note for field bindweed.  
Good luck!  
Brad
 
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