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  •  Frankenoid, if it was my planter, (6+ / 0-)

    I'd toss the old dirt and fill it with new dirt that for certain wasn't harboring residues of bindweed.

    “The answer must be, I think, that beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there.” ― Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

    by 6412093 on Sat Jul 27, 2013 at 12:25:09 PM PDT

    •  You can never get rid of (8+ / 0-)

      all the residues of bindweed that way -- when we did our planter boxes, we dug down 2-3 feet and sifted the soil to remove the bindweed.  Unfortunately, the bindweed roots went much, much deeper, and wider, than that.

      I got rid of the rest of it by using concentrated application of brush killer on whatever sprouts emerged; I used paper towels soaked in brush killer, then wrapped with plastic to keep it from migrating too far in the soil.  Took a couple of years to get rid of all of it.

      With the neighbors, I'm trying a variation, using popsicle sticks soaked in weed killer shoved deep down next to the roots -- the hard part with bindweed is getting enough herbicide down to kill those yards-deep-and-wide networks of roots.

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