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    Multiflora rose..................ugh have fun.....I still have the scar from spring on my arm....

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    Hey Mike...only name I've known those "trees of heaven" by is...ghetto palm. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] Which I think is quite a better description of them. There is nothing heavenly about them. They will always be ghetto palms to me.
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    Superimposedhope is it bind weed? nasty stuff.

    Our most annoying and invasive weeds here tend to be chick weed, bind weed and wild morning glory. Personal I think the wild morning glory are beautiful, but they do kill other plants (as do the bind weed).

    Our most imbarrassing is the ditch weed [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img] The fantastic thing about ditch weed though is that it is helping in the fight against marijuana dealers. It is so invasive that if the seeds of the ditch weed are drop (say from a small plane) onto a purposefully grown, high quality marijuana farm the ditch weed takes over in short order, breeds with the good stuff and ruins it (3% THC). Hehehehe [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img] It is the more dominent strain.
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    HAHAHAHA,
    I don't get the wild morning glory here but I do plant regular morning glory. I don't know the vine is, we always just called it "milk pod" cause it has these pods that are milky until they split then they release these hairy seeds that float on the wind.
    Creeping Charlie is the name of the ivy. The Trumpet vine and Honey Suckle are ferocious too.

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    As for using herbacide right next to your garden, you could paint it on the leaves with a paint brush or dip a few branches into a cup of herbacide. No need to spray.

    The problem with pulling some weeds is that they multiply from each piece of root left behind. You could end up with even more plants then when you started!

    I try and go the organic route when possible but sometimes roundup is the only solution. I was fortunate to meet Barry Rice on a trip to CA last year and asked him about ways to control invasive species. He said that roundup is "pretty good", it breaks down fairly quickly into relatively non-harmful parts.

    I hate putting money into the chemical industries pocket but I guess sometime you just have to suck it up and do what you have to do.

    Just thought I would chime in.

    Glenn

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    My better half should really be the one throwing her 2 cents in but she is at work. She is a lab tech for an invasive species lab with IFAS at UF. As for your multifloral rose problem cut the stem about 4 or 5 inches above ground level and use a brush on herbicide to coat the exposed portion. I don't belive Round-up will work for this aplication, but I am not sure.

    Man, oh man, is Florida over run with invasives. Every where you look, and for a state that claims to be aware of the problem and trying to fix it they just keep making the same stupid mistakes. Here in Gainesville, a campain was lead that finally convinced the city to stop planting Chinese Tallow and remove the existing trees. Unfortantly the city replace them with Chinese (Paper Bark) Elms.

    One of the projects that my grilfriend works on is a massive Ruellia study funded by the DEP. Ruellia brittoniana is already a major invader in Florida's wetlands, but you can go buy it at just about every nursury in the state and it is one of the most common landscape plants used.

    And you know most people have know idea either. I saw somebody posting air potatoes for SASE (I can't rember where), I saw another guy in Florida posting Salvinia for sale. I have even been in so called native plant nurseries around here and found non-native species being sold as natives. People generally have no clue what they are doing when it comes to this stuff.

    It is not just plants either, we have some nasty invasive bugs and animals. Florida hosts 23 species of Anole, 22 of those are invasive. We have established populations of at least 3 species of Monkey. Tropical snakes, all sorts of non-native fish, turtels, forgs, and the list can go on and on.

    And now because of California's little mistake with the 2000 or so Camelias that got sent throughout the US, Florida is closed to plants from California. You known the Withering Oak Desease prolem they have out there? That is the real invasive that scares me. Just image the Southeast with NO OAKS. Man its a scary thought. Its hard enough dealing with what has happened to the Chestnut and the high elevation spruce/fir forest. Lose the oaks too and you have major ecological armageddon in the Appalachians.

    On a happier note I will close with something a very strange friend of mine once told me (though I can't figure out why): "If I [he] were ever to become a dendraphile, tree-of-heaven my tree of choice... such soft bark" LOL. We are still not sure if he was kidding or not, but every time I talk invasives I think about that infamous statement.

    P.S. Keep in mind I am a botanist, our sense of humor is very off.

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