Home' Outdoors : WAs Best Outdoors and Gardens 2009 Contents LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
Yeowch. We've all had that moment where we've
dashed, shoe-free across the lawn to retrieve the
morning paper and received nothing but a heel
full of pain for our trouble.
is spiky fiend is commonly known as Bindii,
but also goes by the names of Jo-jo, Onehunga
and if you're my family, a stream of expletives.
Originally from South America, Bindii makes
walking barefoot in your outdoor paradise
e trickiest part is that their seed capsules are
held in the burrs, so they've got a pretty good
defence system going.
If you've got a few about, forget manual
removal. You have to get to the root of it to prevent
regrowth, and as your scarred feet are probably
aware, they can be difficult to spot against lawn.
Go for herbicides, you can purchase them
with ease at hardware stores. When it comes
to spraying, timing is key: the Department of
Agriculture recommends mid-June onwards, as
it's just before they flower and spread their seed.
Wait for a full plant to appear as spraying a half-
grown crop can be ineffective, but don't wait too
long. If you're unsure, you can always spray your
Antony Konig of Antony Konig Landscapes
shares this bit of sage advice: "One year's seed is
several years' weeds.
Get on top of weeds before they seed and you
will save a lot of heartache. Interestingly, a major
source of weeds comes from nursery plants.
ey should be weeded before they are planted,
but watch out for sprouting weeds and remove
them. If you don't, then you will have some
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out there. Rachael Ciccarelli explores the murky depths of the
Welcome to your own private Day of the Tri ds!
unwelcome guests in your
garden who will just keep on giving!"
Be wary of those sensitive garden plants like roses and
stone fruit while you're decimating the Bindii with herbicide
as a component in the spray can cause permanent damage.
To diminish the effects of accidental spray, hose the leaves
of your plants immediately.
A suburban emblem, climbing plants appear to have all the
answers for our hostile climate and our less-than-attractive
Hardy and enthusiastic, climbers offer lush green surrounds,
shade in summer and the romance of fallen leaves in winter.
But like most beautiful things, they require a decent amount
of maintenance, can harbour nasty surprises and will suffocate
everything else in your life if you're not vigilant.
Like a leafy Diana Ross, well established climbing plants
can overgrow and smother your existing trees and shrubs,
robbing them of light and eventually killing them off,
possibly to start a solo career.
More dangerously, their weight can cause fences to fall
and their dense shrubbery is perfect for housing wasps,
rats and all of those other unwanted houseguests.
As usual, the best cure for climbers is
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