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Bindweed

Bindweed

  • Common Name Hedge Bindweed/ Field Bindweed
  • Scientific Name Calystegia sepium/ Convolvulus arvensis
  • Weed Type Aquatic
  • Areas affected Uncultivated ground, beds, borders, paths, drives and lawns
  • Main Causes Twining weed with creeping underground stems (rhizomes)
  • Timing Seen spring to autumn; treat from summer to autumn

What is Bindweed?

Bindweed (also known as Convolvulus Arvensis) is one of the more common perenial climbing/creeping weeds. This destructive weed is known for its ability to smother incumbent garden plants and overwhelm borders in as little as 2-4 months. Their roots can reach 7 metres deep and can grow aggressively, as any gardener that has had the displeasure of having it grow in their garden would know.

Identification and Occurrence

Bindweed is often called wild morning glory as it shares visual similarities with ‘morning glory’. Those include a thin stem, the elongated leaves shaped like ‘arrowheads’ and the trumpet-shaped flowers that appear in both pink and white. The first signs of the bindweed are usually the thin vines becoming tightly entangled with other plants or other rising objects in the garden.

The Problem

The bindweed seed able to lie dormant in the soil for many years, new plants can grow from even the smallest section of root (rhizome). Bindweed root fragments are often unwittingly brought into to the garden amongst the roots of other plants or in soils and manures. Once bindweed is present it only takes a single growing season for it to spread two metres across.

Control

For Bindweed in lawns or paddocks we recommend using a strong selective herbicide such as Thrust. To control bindweed in bare soil we advise using a powerful total herbicide such as Roundup Pro Vantage 480

For more information on controlling Bindweed, please get it touch with our sales team on 01522 246491.