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Goutweed in my raspberries!

Postby cricket17 » May 11, 2008 9:20 am

Help! The people who lived here 10+ years ago planted goutweed in with the raspberry canes. I have tried hand digging/pulling, maple leaf mulch (lots and lots of leaves) and newspaper mulch, all to no avail. Any thoughts on how to get rid of it?
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Postby kelly_m » May 11, 2008 9:33 am

You sure you don't live in my mom's old house in Toronto???? :lol:

Question...although it is a bane plant (bane of our existence) why do you want to remove it??? For years and years there was goutweed growing in my mom's relatively small patch when I was growing up, but she still consisently had enough raspbrries to make jam. I see it more as companion planting!!! They got along and provided a halfdecent looking ground cover for the times when the patch became past it's prime.

Unless of course you truly detest the stuff.

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Goutweed in my raspberries!

Postby cricket17 » May 11, 2008 9:39 am

Actually, my neighbour's yards are quite close too. You're right about the companion planting, but it's definitely taking over the whole area.
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Postby kelly_m » May 11, 2008 9:49 am

Okay....then diligent hand pulling is about the only way to go....you wouldn't want to use a herbicide, because it would affect the raspberries...

(as an added...my mom's was right next to the fence between the neighbours!!LOL)

Good luck?

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Postby murphy » May 11, 2008 11:29 am

gout weed is one of those that if you leave even one root...it will come back. hand pulling to contain it as previously mentioned is probably your best bet.
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Postby Lizcordysmum » May 11, 2008 7:59 pm

I have been unsuccessfully hand-pulling every bit of Goutweed that has crept into my garden for SIX YEARS.

Thank God it hasn't got to the side of the house and the raspberry canes!
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Postby DonnaZn2SK » May 11, 2008 10:08 pm

If you truly want to get rid of ALL the goutweed, you need to dig up the whole patch and sift through the soil and toss all the roots you see. You need to be diligent about digging up any new plants that appear.

After battling goutweed for years, I'm happy to say I finally got rid of it.
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