How to kill invasive bog plant????

ademink(z5a-5b Indianapolis)July 2, 2010

It looked so pretty for a few years...now it is definitely from hell and grew THROUGH my liner, causing the pond to leak. OMG!

Phragmites variegatus...don't do it!!!!!

I currently have about 6" worth of roots in my bog area...I pulled the crap outta there but all of the runners are still under there and popping up 6-10' OUTSIDE of the pond too. I will round up the runners on the outside of the pond but wonder how to kill what is in the pond? I tried pulling and cutting the root mass out but literally have cleared an 8" section in an hour. I will be doing it until Jesus returns at this rate.

I wondered if it would work to saturate the area with sea salt...??? Do you think it would kill it? I figured if salt got into the pond (16000 gallons) it wouldn't make a difference. The root mass is wet but there is no actual standing water in the area b/c the roots are so dense.

Ideas?

Thansks!

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annedickinson

I don't know if salt would do the trick or not. I did a goole on phragamite control and found many sites. One in particular seemed to be most informative for me and I have included the link below.

It does appear that there are two chemicals mentioned in many sites that have been approved for use in and near waterways. I don't know if either of them would be appropriate for you.

I have had problems with invasive plants too and have basically just dug them up over and over and over until they are at least very sparse. It is almost impossible to totally eradicate them.

Hopefully others will have some good information for you. Good Luck.
Anne

Here is a link that might be useful: Virginia Phragamite Control Information

    Bookmark   July 2, 2010 at 2:32PM
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ademink(z5a-5b Indianapolis)

Hmmm..they actually recommend salt water to kill it in that document. I think I'm going to try it! there are no other plants in the bog that I am concerned about.

    Bookmark   July 2, 2010 at 3:51PM
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