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I have a foot wide gap at the back of my greenhouse and then neighbours fence . I have nettles growing (from next door) , tried digging out last year but to no avail. Their chickens are on the other side of fence so obviously keep nettles at bay there grrr Thinking roundup now ?
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  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    Only works well when plants are actively growing and the temperature is higher-flame gun is effective-but need repeatingimage

  • Bunny ...Bunny ... Posts: 3,471
    They're growing now . Flame gun....and me ? Dangerous image
  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    It is not a flame throwerimage-just scorches the plant

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 24,443

    Just keep pulling them up and put them on the compost heap or make nettle tea by soaking them in a closed bucket.  They're full of minerals so make excellent compost and the tea can be diluted and used as a foliar feed for leafy veg.

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Gary HobsonGary Hobson Posts: 1,892

    You very often find nettles growing around chicken runs. It's the rich fertile soil produced by chickens, that nettles particularly enjoy. Many of the nutrients from the chicken manure are effectively taken up by the nettles.

    Nettles are normally quite easy to pull up (using gloves of course).

  • Bunny ...Bunny ... Posts: 3,471
    Flame thrower may be better image



    Had the fork in , thick clumps again ...grrrrr. I shall stick to buying nettle tea than brewing it image , volunteers for digging up ? image
  • you have dig them out and keep making sure no seed heads appear and at the first sight make liquid fertilizer which is rich in iron ,surprised the chickens have not scratched it up and left a bare patch.image

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    Do not put in the compost heap, they will grow if they have roots.  They will also grow from the bottom part of the stems.

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 24,443

    Sorry, should have said let them dry out first before putting on the compost heap.

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Are you really really desperate to get rid? Nettles are really great for wildlife, ladybugs love 'em. But, of course, if you've got other ideas for the space, just keep pulling them up.
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