Babez asks: ORGANIC GARDENING HELP NEEDED: TABLE SALT vs. TORCHING?
Here in Hawaii we have a invasive vine. I’ve tried pulling it out roots and all and it still grows back. It make the yard look like something from Tales from the Crypt. I hate it. Although I am learning about and just starting to get into Organic Gardening I was so desperate to get rid of this vine that I used the ROUND UP in my Dad’s shed. Needless to say that did NOTHING for the vine.
Then I thought table salt might dehydrate the vine and kill it. My neighbor uses a blow torch of some kind to kill all of his weeds he told me that I can by a small torch that looks like a small tank. I can buy a 4 lb bag of table salt from Sam’s Club for just under $ 5 here. So what do you think? Salt or Torching? Or do you have a better idea? Please help me. Thanks!
I am almost sure that this pesky vine is called Ivy Gourd.
I have ben digging and digging the vine out. It hasn’t covered like a blanket yet cause I haven’t let it get that bad. This thing is growing out of places I can’t get too. Like threw a wall, from under the house, from neighbors yard. THIS neighbor we never see. The only thing separating my yard from his yard is a fence.
HAS ANYONE TRIED SOMETHING CALLED BURNOUT II WEED & GRASS KILLER?
To be honest, I was planning on building raised beds or use stock tanks used for live stock to grow my plants. Where I live (about a 5 minute drive to the beach) we have terrible soil. You don’t have to dig far before you hit coral. It is really hard to grow anything in my yard. The only thing we have in my yard is a yellow plumeria tree, crouton bush (that ain’t doing so good – it wasn’t my choice to plant that), ti leaves, heliconia, and on the shade side of my house I have some ferns that are doing good. I tried growing so many other things and they all die. So fustrating.
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Answer by donutqueen
You could try the salt, because it should work down in the soil to kill the roots, but it may also kill out nearby grass or plants that you want to keep. I’m not sure that using the torch would get down to the roots, and the vine would probably still come back later. Check with the neighbor about that.
I live in Michigan, and we have weeds that are vining types, and I just keep pulling or digging them out until they give up and stop growing. At least, that is what I hope. The reality is that they just keep coming and I just keep pulling. I, too, tried Round Up, and found that it was not a permanent solution.
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