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Wed Feb 19 2014, 18:40
develop a pest that eats another pest, a slug that eats only weeds, would't that be great,  Very Happy 
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Wed Feb 19 2014, 18:46
A spider or a ladybird.....and erm....Weeds are just unwanted plants. When we want them, the slugs will have eaten them all:(
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Wed Feb 19 2014, 18:57
I was taught to find out if it's a weed or not by pulling on it (oo-er).

If it comes up easily, it's a flower. The easier it is uprooted, the more expensive it is.

If it's an absolute ******* to pull up, or breaks during, it's a weed.
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Wed Feb 19 2014, 19:13
I was taught all plants were weeds once:D
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Wed Feb 19 2014, 19:33
Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy 

Some weeds are very pretty, and some flowers are bloody ugly.
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Wed Feb 19 2014, 19:38
a tree is hard to uproot  how to become rich from gardening 2407571070 
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Thu Feb 20 2014, 00:59
It's a shame that lleylandii's and conifers conform to the weed theory Laughing
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Sun Feb 23 2014, 07:45
Dandelions are sold in the marketplace in France, the young leaves are fine in a salad. I think all parts of the Dandelion can be made use of, including the roots roasted and ground into coffee.

http://www.eatweeds.co.uk/dandelion-root-coffee-recipe

......and to think, year after year, after year some folk spray the things and they still find their way back. I mean, what is the point of spraying something with chemicals (and killing all manner of wildlife) when it will return every year due to the seeds being carried on the wind. If man could just get his head around that he may one day stop spraying:twisted: 
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Sun Feb 23 2014, 15:22
Have to say I don't spray weedkillers, with the exception of mares tale and bindweed. It irritates when neighbours allow bindweed to flourish on their side, so it then finds its way into my garden. Sad
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Wed Feb 26 2014, 17:33
'Weed' A plant growing in the wrong place.

Along my flowers or veg/soft fruit I pull them.

The best, if you are up to it, weed early before the sun gets to them.

Even the perennials die out if deprived of photosynthesis.

Only thing I do spray is Japanese Knot Weed. And that has to be done in a particular way to be effective.
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Wed Feb 26 2014, 17:54
Japanese Knotweed is not nice at all.

I believe detritus21 is qualified to deal with it.
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Wed Feb 26 2014, 18:58
DEFRA's advice works.

Gets better results than most contractors manage.

BUT HAVE TO FOLLOW IT PRECISELY, TO THE LETTER

Essential that toxin is absorbed whilst rhizome is re-absorbing nutrient from leaves. Tops will die off, and rhizome will continue to spread if not sufficiently dosed.
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Wed Feb 26 2014, 21:21
Took 2 years thereabouts to get rid of the knotweed that we had growing locally.  No 
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Wed Feb 26 2014, 22:16
DEFRA say three years continuous treatment, then treat any 'appearances'. It is the underground rhizome which needs to be killed, and it is that which is so difficult to deal with.

I have watched a number of 'professional' eradicators tackle it, only to make the infestation worse.
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