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Yes - I do agree that bindweed is very pretty in the hedgerows and a nuisance in the garden - but the main problem around here in North Yorkshire is the invasion of Himalayan Balsam. It flowers late in the season so the jury is out on whether or not it stifles too many of the earlier wild flowers. Luckily, bees seem to like it despite its (to us)awful smell! It's pretty, but nearly as pretty as willow-herb which it does seem to be strangling.
We had poor quality soil delivered, and got invaded by the bindweed in the lawn and the flower beds. It was everywhere, absolutely terrible.I used the "sandwish bag and Roundup" strategy, that is some roundup in a plastic sandwish bag held around the weed by and elastic. It looked really weird on my lawn, all those little "pony tails". But then it did kill the weeds, and i had less and less,. after 3 years, the bindweed is almost gone, I found only 3 this year that received the same treatment.Part of the lawn got damaged by some Roubdup leeks and I had to reseed some bold spots here and there, but that was not too bad.The beauty of the treatment is that when you treat one weed, yopu actually kill more than one because the roots are all mixed together.