How to get rid of a birch tree

How to get rid of birch trees in the beds? It entwines everything that grows, and there is no sweetness with it. Let's take a close look at what methods of bindweed control exist, and also get acquainted with the experience of "soft" getting rid of this weed using plant competition.


  • Herbicide treatment
  • Pruning
  • Shelter, competition, fertilizer use

Herbicide treatment

Even herbicides take it badly: in the fall we spray it, and in the spring again the sea of ​​seedlings. In autumn, spraying with herbicides is not very effective, since the growing season has already slowed down, and the root system of the bindweed (birch) is too long for the poison to destroy it all. And it's not so much about the growing season as about the temperature. The hurricane, like other herbicides of the glyphosate group, almost "does not work" when the temperature falls below 15 degrees.

So it grows in spring from the remnants of roots. And besides, by the fall, the seeds from the plants blooming all summer had already been sown.

When fighting bindweed, it is better not to use soil herbicides, they deteriorate the soil environment so much that antidotes will be needed to neutralize their effects. But herbicides of the glyphosate type descend into the roots and kill the plant, but practically do not harm the soil.

It is better to prepare the processing site: cover the crops that need to be preserved and carefully processed the bindweed with foil. In no case, do not cut off, loosen or dig the plant and everything around after treatment, the herbicide should penetrate deep into the roots. If the hurricane accidentally hits the foliage of another plant that needs to be preserved, then tear off or cut off the place where the working solution got into. Or rinse with water for a long time.

It was noted that the bindweed seeds obtained after the treatment of plants with leaf herbicides are very weak and practically do not germinate. And although such herbicides hit both young and adult bindweed, their repeated application on the site is still undesirable. Especially in the garden. It must be remembered that organoacids remaining in plant residues after treatment with glyphosates can remain in the soil for up to two years. While these residues are certainly less toxic to soil bacteria than with other pesticides, they are also unnatural and harmful.

Working with herbicides requires compliance with safety precautions according to the attached instructions. Do not be lazy to wear a respirator, goggles and gloves. Do not smoke during handling and do not work in windy conditions.


Another way out: during the whole season to destroy the plants, deeply cutting down with a hoe or pulling out with a significant part of the underground organs.

If you cut off the top of the roots several times over the summer, then as a result the plants will be depleted, the root system will lose the ability to regenerate. And at the same time, the birch tree will not have time to bloom, which means there will be no self-seeding.

Shelter, competition, fertilization use

In addition to the use of herbicides and mechanical pruning, you can cover the place of shoots of birch shoots, preventing them from developing by cutting them off from the sun's rays (decreasing chlorophyll).

An opaque container with a diameter of at least 20 cm is placed upside down in place of the formation of shoots.If more shoots appear on the side during the season, they must be tucked under the container or slightly moved the container itself.

On the rest of the surface of the garden or flower garden, a mulching organic coating is desirable, which eventually leads to the regulation of the number of weeds, pathogenic microorganisms and pests. Refusal to dig also inhibits active vegetative reproduction of birch trees, structures the soil, and increases its moisture capacity.

Another successful and very useful way to get rid of bindweed was shared by Ukrainian adherents of organic farming (B. Bublik). The bottom line is that crops with a very dense root system (sunflower, corn, sorghum) are sown at the place where the birch appears. After the growth of plants knee-deep, it is better to cut these crops, and in no case dig or remove the roots from the garden.

The shoots of birch trees, leaves of corn and sorghum are used for organic feeding - from which organic garden teas are brewed. The roots of a birch tree grow to a tremendous depth (more than 1 m), so they raise useful nutrients from the depths and return them to garden crops through top dressing. Bublik himself did not notice when the birch tree left the garden and is even slightly upset that now he cannot add such a useful "seasoning" to his herbal fertilizers.

As you can see, etching and weeding-pruning is not the only way to get rid of the bindweed. Overseeding of densely rhizome crops at the place of germination of a birch and the use of the shoots themselves in plant fertilizers are of double benefit to the garden. It is necessary to add to this wonderful experience that the time for feeding vegetables and the time for active growth of weeds coincide, so juicy young shoots of birch trees are very good in a "tea barrel", do not lose sight of this. It is better to cut off shoots from the middle of June; you can infuse herbal teas from 5 to 10 days, depending on the weather.

Watch the video: How to safely tap Silver Birch for its sap (December 2021).