Skirmishes

I’m waging war on ground elder.
So far I have won a few skirmishes,
but final victory is far from certain!

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ladysighs
    Apr 15, 2021 @ 09:55:06

    OH! You mean Aegopodium podagraria!
    Good Luck!

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  2. Jules
    Apr 15, 2021 @ 12:44:12

    Ah… I believe I’ve some of that too. – I wasn’t sure of the difference – wild carrot et al.

    ‘If you remember “The Queen has hairy legs,” you won’t confuse the two! While elderflowers bloom in spring, in those beautiful giant umbels, Queen Anne’s Lace blossoms in summer, sporting flat blooms with a single dark flower “heart” in the center, supported by three prongs at the base.’

    I’ve also been trimming regular ground ivy. I had let a bunch go. But last year I mowed along the edged of one ivy ‘bed’ and gained back several feet of yardage. I’ve gone back and pulled up and sniped the roots that were left. I also have a little patch under a window that I am forever trimming to keep in just that one four by eight foot (about that anyway) by where my front hose is assessable. I’ve also pulled Ivy out of the base of my hedges… it is everywhere.

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    • Libby
      Apr 16, 2021 @ 14:26:28

      It’s not actually related to elder trees I understand. If you leave the tiniest bit of root behind it comes again – arg! I also have ground ivy and am fighting that too, but I do like to have some of that around as it is good ground cover and provides habitat and food for little critters. It’s just, as you say, a case of keeping it under control. I’ve been mainly trying to clear a large patch so that I can plant out some fruit bushes my daughter-in-law gave me. I shall sew some wild flower seeds around them.

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      • Jules
        Apr 17, 2021 @ 16:04:37

        I’ve got some wild berries that the birds gave me. The want to go on the ground – I’ve been trying to guided them – one up a tree and the other up a bush so my hubby doesn’t mow over them. One year I actually had save up enough berries to make some jam. But mostly I let the birds have the fruit. 😀

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