March 2, 2013 at 5:03 pm #257647
I have recently moved back to my place after 6 years and Singapore Daisy http://ithacaintact.org/01_cms/details_pop.asp?ID=806
has got a strong hold here.
It is a too large an area to solarise – just under an acre.
The ground is uneven – swail type ridges – used to be my veggie patch.
And it is steepish.
Have been using thick cardboard mulch in a small area with some effect but it it travels through the dark and pops up through the cardboard.
I have dug it out – it grows back from tiny bits left behind.
Not helped by the extraordinary amount of rainfall we have had in Bellingen this year so far.
Tempted by Brushoff – aaargh
katefishMarch 2, 2013 at 6:40 pm #531376
Since it says it can be glysophate resistant – and I wouldn’t touch the stuff anyway! – are you able to cover it all in black plastic for several months?
I know this won’t be great for the natural micro-organisms in the ground as is, but seems better than a chemical alternative.
Just my 2c
Good luck.March 2, 2013 at 7:26 pm #531377
how does it handle fire could a serise of small bon fires char off the weed and seeds? WARNING some plants example blackberry grow back stronger after fire as the fire changes the pH of the soil so look into that first. could also use a flame weeder.March 2, 2013 at 9:55 pm #531378
Chooks in a mobile tractor? They are very good at uprooting everything and turning the soil over for you.March 5, 2013 at 12:28 pm #531379
Thanks for your replies, people. Most welcome.
Too large an area for black plastic 🙁
Too darned wet here for fire 🙁
Chook Tractor is a good idea 🙂 There would be some sacrificial chooks though as the pythons are hungry.November 1, 2013 at 11:13 pm #531380
So 7 months on and a combo of sheet mulch -the tin roof that got ripped off in April, salvaged black heavy black plastic and the lowest rainfall in yonks seems to have done the trick – have had to pull it out around trees and sheet mulch edges and toss it on the tin or black plastic to fry and dry.
Not sure if it’s all going to pop up again should it rain again one day.
Pretty happy so farNovember 1, 2013 at 11:28 pm #531381
Good on you for giving it a go without the weedkiller. I’ve been battling couch grass in my veggie patch and it’s a hard slog! Mind you, I my battleground is nowhere’s near an acre either, which I’m thankful for! Do you have any before and after photos?November 2, 2013 at 12:42 am #531382
No photos – regret that now. It was such a mess when I moved back here, the ‘before’ photos might motivate me a bit now especially with the house rebuild.. Need to get moving forwards again, get floors done and laundry plumbing in before silly season starts and kids want to come home for holiday :huh:November 2, 2013 at 1:02 am #531383
some useful info hereNovember 3, 2013 at 12:37 pm #531384
Yep solarising is the only way to go with that stuff, its one of the most invasive and difficult weeds to get rid of.
But you’re not finished yet as it will still rear its ugly head for the next year or so.
It is very resistant to glyphosphate but my neighbour from years ago proudly told me how if you mis straight chlorine with the glyphosphate it works !!! Lucky he didnt kill himself.
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