Help with Bindweed

A relative of the Morning Glory, bindweed is a problematic, persistent vining perennial plant that weaves its way across lawns and gardens as well as fences—pretty much anything in its path. It’s not necessarily harmful, per se, as its flowers will attract beneficial insects, but it can spread pervasively and crowd out smaller plants and ornamentals. It’s also an incredibly tough weed to kill because bindweed has a tough root system that can survive when its vines are cut or when it’s treated with herbicide. Even a small section of root in the soil is more than plenty to encourage bindweed to grow back and do what it does best: spread.

THE 2 TYPES OF BINDWEED

There are two types of bindweed: hedge bindweed and field bindweed. Both resemble the Morning Glory flower but have distinct differences.

Hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium)have arrowhead-shaped leaves with white trumpet-shaped flowers that. Their stems are thicker than field bindweed.

Field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis) also have arrowhead-shaped leaves but their flowers are smaller, also trumpet-shaped, but vary in color from white to pink.

Regardless of which bindweed you have in your yard, the above steps we’ve listed above will get rid of it.  Just don’t give up! Stay vigilant.

3 WAYS GET RID OF BINDWEED

 

  1. Cut it back. Be patient yet diligent. The best way to get rid of either type of bindweed is to snip it at the soil level. Don’t bother pulling up the weed, or it’ll just sprout back. It’s that resilient. Just keep cutting it at the ground level, and it’ll eventually starve the weed since it’s unable to photosynthesize.
  2. Pour boiled water on it. This is a great all-natural solution for dealing with bindweed as the hot water will damage the plant quite extensively. Just be careful when handling boiling water. You’ll want to pour the hot water on the weed and around it, up to a 3-feet radius. This may not be the ideal solution if the bindweed is cohabitating in your flower or vegetable garden, as boiling water will kill the other plants.
  3. Spray it with herbicides. As resilient as bindweed is, using a specialty herbicide may be the best route to take if cutting the bindweed or treating it with boiled water has yielded little results. Again, this may impact other plants in the area, so be mindful of that when choosing this method.

HOW TO PREVENT BINDWEED

Bindweed is a pretty pervasive plant. In fact, it can grow from both seeds and roots. Quite amazingly, bindweed seeds can remain viable for up to 30 years in the soil before it pops up again.

To best prevent bindweed from taking over your lawn or garden is to, quite frankly, deal with it the second you spot it in your yard. Because you can’t know if viable seeds are underground, just waiting to germinate. All you can do is take care of the vines the moment they appear above ground. That said, sometimes fighting bindweed with other plants or using mulch may create just enough shade over the ground to keep bindweed from popping up.

FACT: Bindweed can be used in lieu of twine when tying and staking plants.