After searching the internet I found this post about using Ornamec to
remove the vines. http://www.backyardgardener.com/shrubboard/messages/913.html
I ordered the Ornamec 170 and applied it twice, the second time about
a week or two after the first time.
The vines are still thriving - any ideas on how to get rid of them,
short of digging out each root? It's difficult to get to all of it,
and there is quite a bit of it around my yard.
Thanks in advance for your help.
Ornamec 170 probably won't do anything to vinca. Ornamec is a GRASS herbicide
and is labeled for "over the top" applications for grass control. "Over the
top" means you can spray it over many different perennials and ornamentals to
If you still have the container, you should see that it plainly states "Grass
When using any chemical or fertilizer, remember to "READ THE LABEL" to make
sure what you are using is labeled for the purpose you need.
And what's so hard about digging it up? It is shallowly rooted stuff, so
it's not like you have to dig to china. But if that chore's a horrible
prospect, see the Vinegar thread & spot-treat with the strongest vinegar
you can find, careful not to spray anything else. Kitchen vinegar takes
several applications as its only 5% acetic acid; horticultural acetic acid
is stronger, a bit more dangerous to play with, but works in hours if
applied strongly on a warm dry day. Even with this relatively innocuous
organic method, I'd first get rid of as much vinca as possible by digging
it up, then spritz whatever emerges after that.
-paghat the ratgirl
"Of what are you afraid, my child?" inquired the kindly teacher.
"Oh, sir! The flowers, they are wild," replied the timid creature.
On Thu, 23 Sep 2004 11:44:50 -0700, email@example.com
Hah! Have you ever had an infestation of Vinca? Yes, if there were
half-a-dozen plants, it would be easy. When there are 100/sq. yd.,
it's a different kettle of fish altogether. They may be *shallowly*
rooted, but they are *firmly* rooted, and just pulling often snaps the
stems, leaving root nodes to re-grow.
For Laura -- I've never found anything but pulling (and pulling and
pulling) to get rid of Vinca. Don't bother with RoundUp (glysophate),
either, except on tiny, tender emerging shoots. If you can mow the
area, that will discourage it somewhat, and you may at least be able
to see where to dig further. Good luck.
Here's more info - The vinca is quite firmly rooted and difficult to
pull up. What I have is not at all shallowly rooted. The vines are
along three fence lines, and along the side of my house in large
areas. It's not a small patch that's easily dealt with.
Last year I tried pulling everything out down to a few inches and
sprayed Roundup on it, and all of it grew back.
To Marcy - I used the Ornamec because it was recommended to me for
Thanks so much for the help tho - any new ideas are welcome!
On 28 Sep 2004 12:58:46 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org (Laura) wrote:
Totally the wrong time to use roundup, read the label.
Even if you somehow manage to kill the Vinca you will still have to
deal with the corpses, it isn't that hard to dig, using a long
handled spading fork.
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