BIND WEED

Asked June 30, 2013, 11:04 AM EDT

How do I control, eliminate bind weed. I wanted to try the bind weed gall mite, but Colorado would not sell it to me as I live in Wyoming. This stuff has spread to my grass and now is in the tree beds. I have tried spraying with Mad Dog weed killer and it just turns the leaves a little yellow and will not eleminate it. Also, I do not want to get the weed killer too close to the plants and trees I want to keep alive. I have tried pulling the bind weed up by the roots around the senitive plants, but the roots must reach all the way to China, as I can pull and pull and it still keeps growing back! YIKES!

Albany County Wyoming weed issues invasive species pesticides weed control horticulture

1 Response

Field bindweed is definitely a tough weed to manage...and I say manage as opposed to control because long term management is what it will take to reduce and eventually eliminate this weed from your landscape.

Your initial approach using "Mad Dog weed killer" (i.e. glyphosate) may not have effective due to several issues; timing and proper mixing being the most likely. The success (or failure) of most herbicide treatments depends upon the timing of the application during that moment when the plant is most susceptible to an herbicide. Treatments outside of this "window of opportunity" are often less effective and can be discouraging when control of the target weed is not achieved.

Fear not! You have local experts who will help you make the best decisions about what to use and when the best times to treat your field bindweed are. Contact your local Weed & Pest District personnel at (307) 742-4469 or your local county Extension Agent at (307) 721-2571. These people will be able to provide you with more information on treatment strategies and products that can help you manage your field bindweed.

Here are some other links to good information on managing field bindweed:
http://www.unce.unr.edu/publications/files/nr/2004/FS0448.pdf
http://www.ag.ndsu.nodak.edu/invasiveweeds/fieldb.htm
http://www.cals.uidaho.edu/edComm/pdf/pnw/pnw0580.pdf
http://www.pesticide.org/solutions/home-and-garden-toolbox/weed-solutions/bindweed
http://www.uwyo.edu/barnbackyard/_files/documents/magazine/2006/fall/fall-weed-mgt-fall-barnyards-20...

With a little luck and a lot of perseverance you should be able to manage your field bindweed to an acceptable level. Good luck and I hope this information proves useful to you!