|Sign by Stonewall Jackson Elementary School, Dallas TX|
|St. John's wort|
Here’s my plan of attack.
- Dig up and throw out any perennial, tree or shrub that is so congested with the roots of these horrors that there is just no way to separate them. Brutal but realistic. Choose your battles.
- Any plants which look as though they can be saved will be shaken or washed down to bare roots then placed in a temporary quarantine (in my case a corner of the vegetable plot) until I am sure they are clean. That will probably mean until late next summer.
- Nuke the heck out of the soil. CRIMINAL! OUTRAGEOUS! I hear you say, and I would agree with you. However my other option is to spend the rest of my days digging up every tiny piece of root and frankly my chiropractor earns enough. I also intend to stay here for the rest of my life so I don’t plan to be out there with my walking frame aged 90 still fighting them. So I will buy Round Up (wearing a suitable disguise in case anyone recognizes me), which is the least nasty of the non-selective herbicides and spray as many times as necessary until no more offspring are evident. That could easily take a full 12 months and 3-4 treatments.
- At that point I’ll amend the soil and re-plant those things which proved themselves worthy.
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