Is it Bindweed or Knotweed? What's the difference?

Line Drawing: Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada, Second Edition.

BINDWEED- Line Drawing: Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada, Second Edition.

At our last meeting sans our professional gardener to set us straight…(We missed you Beth!). We had a big discussion about eradicating Japanese Knotweed and Bindweed. We used both names thinking we were talking about the same thing. They are different but equally EVIL!

As it turns out, the only way to control these weeds is to keep weeding…and weeding…and weeding! Don’t throw them in your compost or put them in the yard waste pick-up because they will continue to thrive and then invade any garden that the compost is spread on. Just throw the weeds away or burn them…and then still throw away the ashes.

Bindweed is part of the Morning Glory family. If you don’t let it flower and keep pulling it when it’s small, you will eventually weaken the plant and see a big improvement in two or three years. Click here for an excellent article from Organic Gardening magazine about keeping this weed under control.

Japanese Knotweed is another story. From what I have read, it’s very difficult to eliminate even if you used major toxic chemicals and ORGANIC GARDENERS DON’T DO THAT! The good news is that this research has made me realize that this is the plant from our neighbor’s yard that keeps creeping into our garden. We have been calling it “Bamboo” for years. We just pull it out whenever we see it and I throw it back into their patch. Our neighbor mows around the patch and that keeps it in check fairly well. The birds and bees love it and honestly…it does look nice in the summer. Click here for an article on how to control the Japanese Knotweed the most sustainable way…by eating it!

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2 responses to “Is it Bindweed or Knotweed? What's the difference?

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  2. Laura Morrison

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