Carol, do you mean something like this: If so, go ahead and go nuclear, I think that might work, but then these grow here and may be a RESULT of the nuclear testing! I just keep em out of my pots, but hopefully someone else will respond with a cure.
Be careful dear, I think there may be people out there that will go ballistic at the idea of you wanting to eradicate a Boston. But then, they don't have the problems you do. I use the panax in front as a ground cover, I meant the fronds in the back. Those are my headache...looking forward to seeing the Boston...if you find a cure, let me know!
We have a problem Boston here too. It is Nephrolepis obliterata aka Kimberly Queen. It was highly touted because it can handle full sun but it also spreads like the proverbial weed it is. Hand pulling is the only way I can hope to eradicate it but no matter how often I pull it still pops up everywhere. Harsh chemicals don't even phase this one. Nuking them may be the only way...
"I mix about as much diesel fuel as herbicide into the water. This should kill about anything. Don't spray to the runoff point tho as the d.f. will stay in the soil and nothing will grow there for a long time if ever."
I reccomend just rubbing it on the plants if you still want to plant there. Sometimes that works too. Just make sure to have rubber gloves on for protection if you do.
I do believe, I'm learning something new today, not neccessarily good or bad. But, never knew before Kimberly Queen is that invasive. (I guess it depends on the climes). Yesterday I learned about Virginia creeper, learning something new just about everyday. But's better than the alternative? Isn't? lol
Carol, do you have a deep well and or cistern? We have both and have to be extremely careful what we mix to kill things...don't want those chemicals in the ground water that may end up on the plants, or worse, on or in us!!!
We do have city water too, an arrangement of valves and pipes to keep the water bill at a minimum...city to the sinks, deep well to the toilets, cistern to everything else...
just curious, don't want anything to happen to your water supply trying to kill weeds...
Carol...we will be watching to make sure you do no harm to yourownself. Carol...oh Caaaarorrrrlllll...Oh no! The Diesel Fuel defolliant got her! See ...ya just gotta be careful. How did that old commercial go ? "It's not NICE to fool with Mother Nature". Zap!
I was just pulling your chain - If anyone is gonna be earth friendly, it would be you. I gotta share this story - and then I HAVE to go pack! (course I'll be checkin back in periodically).
A couple of weeks ago I was out in my garden, and I noticed "the crane" was looming near my daughter's house, so I called her to see what was going on. She went out to check and turned into what Ronnie called "warrior princess". The crane is the tool of "grounds maintenance". It goes around the island tearing down/pulling up trees that have encroached into the fire lanes. Important work - yes - but sometimes indiscriminate. Well, they had taped off and were about to destroy a beautiful 30 ft Sago that was filled with nests and birds and lots of other life! She grabbed her phone and planted herself right next to the tree and called Environmental Dept, and Building and Grounds and everyone else she could think of! One thing led to another, and finally the head guy at grounds maintenance called off his crew. She saved the tree!!!!! Yea!!!!! I was so very proud of her! The Marshallese crew was just laughing at this crazy lady yelling at them to stop and not to hurt the tree, until their boss said pack it up...then they just smiled at her and drove away. That's my girl!!!!!
Oh...I feel so DUMB!!! 3 years ago, for Christmas, I gave DH just THAT - a mini flame thrower for getting the reall pesky weeds!!! He has never used it for that...but for other things. You DO have to carry around a propane tank...but...that would be just the thing!!! It would burn the spores and!!!!!
We have a lawn weed product (Atrazine?) that kills boston fern very quickly. Also I remember a long time ago spraying with a insecticide that wiped it out, I think it have have been Malathion, but...might have been Orthene or Orthenex.
What word? Bone? Fish? oooh Pot! It's just another word - right? Yu'r sech a hippie!
Howdy Dale - just knew you couldn't stay away for long! How's that cute little family of yours?
Been trying to post my pic on my Member's page, but I'm having some pooter difugalties, so I'm gonna try to send you all a big smile right here. This is me and my main squeeze. That's the Alhambra - Spain - in the background.
Are you SERIOUS?!?!?!?! One of my favorite old books is "Our Hearts were Young and Gay"...I spose that would be censored in some places huh? I thought the web was past all that censorship crap...oooops, can I say crap? Yeah, I figured this one was too small - trying to make the pic bigger, but not having a lot of luck. I'll keep tryin. As you may have noticed, I am nothing if not persistent! He he he he.
The pic is actually a studio shot. When we were in Spain, none of the pictures they took turned out, so I put them on an Alhambra background. It's now one of Mom's favorite pics.
They are fun! I have the best parents, although it took me about 23 years to figure that out!
Hey ya'll! Guess I should have brought my shovel! The youngest and I seem to have a mutual admiration society going on here. How's everyone doing? I'll be posting some pics of Pohnpei soon...gotta get them all downloaded - Carol - just wait till you see some of the Invasive ferns on that island OMG ! They are EVERYWHERE! How did your flamethrower work????
Remember my comment about chunky dunking??? I only don the bikinis in my dreams these days! I'm starting a new thread with the Pohnpei pics. It takes me so long to post them, that we may be a while in the making. Patience my friend. I think my friend Cowboy may be joining us here in the Garden soon...he had visited many times, but never joined. I was telling him all about all of you wonderful folks, and I think I convinced him to join the crowd. If so, DG may never be the same...he's a Ginger/Kell with a severe Texas attitude and a sense of humor about the size of the same state. Should be fun!
Kell - I love...repeat LoVe the pics of you and the manequins! AND...you will be pleased to know, there were several Aussies at the hotel, we talked endlessly and I got my first lesson on the care and feeding of Ducatis. Luckily though (for my sake) there was also an Aussie there who enjoyed the full throated roar of a Harley, so I wasn't completely alone. :-)
Just buy a bagfull Carol and sprinkle the Ammonia sulphate on by the handfull,don't dilute..I would think in 24 -48 hours the ferns will look like death warmed over.
A.S. is just about the most inexpensive fertilizer sold-used to green up ballparks,lawns, and such.
Repeat if necessary!
We only have about 3" of soil here...and so much rain!!! we have to dig holes with a BobCat and fill them with cindersoil in order to plant a tree!!!! The fertilizer isn't good for the ground water which was polluted beyond repair by the SugarCane growers...we aren't talking about TONS of it...anyway...
I wouldn't feel guilty over it.Your eliminating a non native plant with the gentlest way to kill roots short of solar baking(cover with sheets of clear plastic-the sun heats to killing temps under it) but that method is good for isolated pockets of plants And if the ferns are in shade-that's out. A.S. isn't a herbicide as i think i said before, and like any fertilizer only stays in the soil for so long..you could plant vegetables on A.S. treated soil with no worrys about consumption within weeks.
This is such a great solution. Thank you BayArea! I'm sure that it will be helpful for all of us - not just for ferns, but any unwanted invasive plant. I was reading a thread the other day from a gal who is struggling mightily with bamboo. DG is such a great site - how else would we have heard about AS from someone in Hayward.
Now that would be a great dog! You could make a fortune if you could figure it out. Only eats the unwated weeds, not the cared for lovelies. I'd get one of those even though my DH hates dogs! (I know, I know...some people just have some serious mental derrangement).
I once did some gardening at the local Zoo. We were planting bamboo next to the primates..well, i sort of cut a nice thick shoot and handed it to a Baboon who was keeping us company. He reached out and gently took it from my hand. You would have been amazed at the dexterity it showed in peeling that shoot like a banana!.I will never forget that.
I do know that the local timber bamboo grower here says that bamboo is VERY hard to Round-up.
If it is running bamboo and your friend lives in a temperate zone...I kept mine in check in Seattle by following these instructions: every Aug/Sept, dig a 12" trench about 1' out from the bamboo in the direction you DON'T WANT IT TO GO. The runners will be running then and you can cut them off or pull them out. If you don't do that, those runners will sprout the NEXT year. Putting barriers around the bamboo doesn't work either because they will go down 3' to get under the barrier or go over it!!!
We did our first applications with AS today on the Boston Fern and the other groundcover I thought was a fern...it is a 'spurge'... Crossing my fingers!!
OH..if our dogs learned to eat bamboo shoots it would be awful!!! We grow timber bamboo and are thrilled with each new shoot!!! The ARE wild about all other fruit - lychee, bananas, tangerines...you name it! The cats too!
The weed is not the Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata) but is the sword fern (Nephrolepis multiformis). Although some chemical controls have been mentioned, I would caution not to do so as they toxify the soil, and kill off beneficial micro-organisms (mycorrhizae, etc.).
Removing by hand is the best way. Don't forget that these weeds make great mulch for your trees!
Successful gardening here is time consuming.
Carol, your "boston climbing fern" is uluhe (dicranopteris linearis) a native that is a curse and a plague and more invasive than many of the newcomers. It seems immune to weed poison, including commercial strength weedkillers. The only way I know to get rid of it is to weedwhack it. Because the stalks are so hard, and break into tiny missiles with sharp points, you have to wear protective clothing and goggles. New shoots will come back in a few months, but if you keep at it, it eventually dies. Big thickets of it are a cover for wild pigs, and they will form tunnels through it all over your property. I hate the stuff, but manage to keep it under control with the weedwhacker.
Dicranopteris linearis, Uluhe, helps to reclaim areas that have been taken over by invasive weeds. It makes great mulch for native plants, and for root crops such as taro. I use it to mulch my fruit trees, and no longer have to waste time weed-eating!
Carol's climbing fern is Nephrolepis multiflora, the Sword Fern. It climbs up trees.
I don't know if this will help but this is what i do to eradacate any weeds etc. I put boiling hot water with alot of table salt in it, put in sprayer that has a pressurized tank and spray the crap out of anything in my way. Hope this helps!
Of all the invasives that the uninformed, stupids have poisoned these beautiful islands with, I dread the day when some dumby decides to bring in a pair of snakes. What a terrible, terrible tragedy that would be.