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Oxalis and ginger

I have just moved into a new house and the established garden has a couple of noxious weeds — oxalis and ginger.  How do we get rid of these pesky things?


I asked our resident weed expert, Reg Lewthwaite.  Reg said:

There are two techniques you can use:

a)  If the problem isn't too big, you can use physical methods. For oxalis you can dig it out, taking care to lift all the root system and collect the bulbs for destruction in your backyard fire or put them out with the rubbish.

Ginger is hard work to dig out if it has established big plants. Again, you need to get rid of all the rhizomes or it will grow again.

b) The easiest and most practical method for bigger problems is to use agrichemicals. For oxalis you can use glyphosate (Roundup).  You need repeat sprayings that hit the new leaves as they emerge from the bulbs.  I have heard that Escort also does a good job.

For ginger, Escort is a good choice. You spray it on the leaves and wait until it kills the plant.  It is quickly translocated as it moves into the plant.  It stops cell division in the roots and leaves, so it always takes a while to show visible symptoms.  Be patient!

UnitecAdvice by Dr Dan Blanchon from Unitec's Diploma in Sustainable Horticulture and Bachelor of Resource Management.

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