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Gout Weed!


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Shauna25-Apr-00 08:29 PM EST   
Jude26-Apr-00 12:39 AM EST   
Janet26-Apr-00 11:15 AM EST   
Carolyn26-Apr-00 11:51 AM EST   
George Griffin26-Apr-00 01:16 PM EST   
Pat26-Apr-00 09:55 PM EST   
Cindy03-May-00 09:55 PM EST   
Dawn 05-May-00 10:27 PM EST   
cy06-May-00 07:17 PM EST   
san08-May-00 03:31 PM EST   
Arzeena08-May-00 10:45 PM EST   
Sharon13-May-00 11:23 AM EST   
Odette13-May-00 01:15 PM EST   
Arzeena13-May-00 08:52 PM EST   
Painter13-May-00 11:14 PM EST   
Carolyn15-May-00 02:17 PM EST   
Joan17-May-00 08:06 AM EST   
Joanne Straayer17-May-00 05:40 PM EST   
ann17-May-00 07:39 PM EST   
jdb17-May-00 07:48 PM EST   
Joanne Straayer18-May-00 03:07 PM EST   
Odette24-May-00 11:15 AM EST   
Marg24-May-00 02:17 PM EST   


Subject: Gout Weed!
From: Shauna
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Date: 25-Apr-00 08:29 PM EST

Hi there. I am wondering if anyone knows an effective way of getting rid of gout weed. As a very inexperienced gardener I made the mistake of transplanting some gout weed from an area where it was contained to an area where it now seems to be taking over. What can I do to eliminate it? Unfortunately it is now in my perennial flower garden, right mixed in with everything else. I am a little freaked out! Thanks a lot for any suggestions. I sure learned a valuable lesson. Research first, transplant later!


Subject: RE: Gout Weed!
From: Jude
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Date: 26-Apr-00 12:39 AM EST

You do have a problem! Someone offered me some last year and I almost said "yes"! Fortunately someone else told me about how invasive it is.

One trick that I read about (but have not yet had to try it personally), is to put on a pair of rubber gloves.... then a pair of cotton gloves.... dip your fingers in Roundup..... then run your fingers all over the goutweed, but making sure you don't touch anything else. With goutweed, this is something you will have to do every week or two for a quite a long time, cause it will keep showing up elsewhere. It tedious, but remember that plants need their leaves in order to survive. If you keep on top of killing all the leaves, eventually the roots will die too.

Hope this helps. Goooood luck!


Subject: RE: Gout Weed!
From: Janet
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Date: 26-Apr-00 11:15 AM EST

The green-leafed version of goutweed was planted by previous owners ... by the time I realized what it was, I had it everywhere. I tried digging it out (NOT a success) and I tried weed killer. Still the goutweed came back. This summer, I plan to try your suggestion, Jude, of using Roundup over a long period of time and hope it works. Never plant goutweed!


Subject: RE: Gout Weed!
From: Carolyn
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Date: 26-Apr-00 11:51 AM EST

I have the same problem in my perennial flower beds--I'll try the Round-Up method, thanks.

I wouldn't discount Goutweed entirely. I have some planted in a dark dry Northern area of the yard under many large trees--it's the only thing that'll grow there and because it's so dark the Goutweed offers a little nice-looking light colour! This is the only area of my garden where it isn't invasive.


Subject: RE: Gout Weed!
From: George Griffin
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Date: 26-Apr-00 01:16 PM EST

SHORT OF CALLING IN THE BACKHOE......WHAT I WOULD TRY IS TO PUT DOWN BLACK ( TOTALLY OPAQUE ) PLASTIC MULCH. I WOULD CUT HOLES FOR MY PRENNIALS AND HOLD DOWN THE REST IN PLACE WITH ROCKS OR PINS FOR AT LEAST A MONTH. FROM NOW TO MID MAY THE WARMTH AND MOISTURE WOULD FORCE THE PLANT TO BE ACTIVE. HOWEVER WITH NO LIGHT IT SOON PERISHES. I HAVE USED THIS METHOD TO CONTROL WEED SEEDS IN THE GORUND BEFORE PLANTING a wild flower garden and it works


Subject: RE: Gout Weed!
From: Pat
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Date: 26-Apr-00 09:55 PM EST

I too have been overcome with Gout weed. I heard that if you keep cutting the leaves off, it will eventually die. Don't, what ever you do, try to pull it out!


Subject: RE: Gout Weed!
From: Cindy
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Date: 03-May-00 09:55 PM EST

HELP!!!!!! curse my father who said that it would be a "nice" groundcover!!!! ugh!!! I can't get rid of it it is overtaking my lawn and my gardens!!!!! HELP!!!!!! any suggestions are welcome!!!!!


Subject: RE: Gout Weed!
From: Dawn
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Date: 05-May-00 10:27 PM EST

What a horror! Never plant it. Try to dig your special plants out and perhaps hold them in pots until you have the goutweed eradicated. Use a weed killer until it doesn't reappear, then redo the area the way you want.


Subject: RE: Gout Weed!
From: cy
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Date: 06-May-00 07:17 PM EST

Such an innocent looking plant in a 2 inch pot and then years later it has invaded such a large area. The 2 pots I planted years ago were misnamed Snow on the Mountain or something like that and I never knew it as Goutweed until this year. It is as persistent as other pain in the ----- such as starlings and house sparrows.


Subject: RE: Gout Weed!
From: san
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Date: 08-May-00 03:31 PM EST

The only way to rid your self of "gout weed" is to dig,dig,dig. I know its hard work and time consuming,but its the only way.Ive been fighting this battle for three years. Happily Ive won.

ps.I would do some serious research on a product(Roundup)before I used it anywhere!


Subject: RE: Gout Weed!
From: Arzeena
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Date: 08-May-00 10:45 PM EST

You won't believe this but the other day, I actually had gout weed for lunch!

The young, tender leaves were stir-fried by my host with a bit of ginger, sesame oil and garlic and it was amazingly delicious. Very spinach-like.

As the name implies it is considered a tonic to prevent gout and has a number of other medicinal benefits.

Don't discount it before you try it!


Subject: RE: Gout Weed!
From: Sharon
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Date: 13-May-00 11:23 AM EST

Goutweed for lunch!! Why not! Last year my garden helper took home all the chickweed she could find for salads. If you're going to try the Round-up method, slip an old sock over your pesticide glove and then wipe it on the leaves. This might work but I've found goutweed to be resistant to many herbicides. I only use herbicides in places where I don't want anything to grow and then very carefully. We really only have Monsanto's word that this chemical is safe and they have a vested interest in your believing that. Make sure that the rubber gloves that you use are pesticide resistant. Not all dishwashing type rubber gloves are. I care for a few gardens that have this weed and I go through the garden every week and pick off each and every leaf. The roots will eventually die. Covering the garden with black plastic might work but if you leave holes for plants, the goutweed will just come up there and invade the root system of your perennials. If you dig it up, you only divide the roots and you get more plants.


Subject: RE: Gout Weed!
From: Odette
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Date: 13-May-00 01:15 PM EST

Reading this is scary. Especially since I just learned that my next door neighbour has gout weed all through her garden. She doesn't really mind it, since it's pretty and is the only thing that grows under a manitoba maple she has in her yard. The stuff is coming through under our common fence, where I have raspberry canes. I pulled the goutweed out, and through reading this thread, realize I may have encouraged it to send out more roots. So I guess I'll just have to get into the habit every day of cutting the leaves around my raspberry. I don't like the idea of herbicide. Would digging down and putting a barrier under our common fence help? I like this neighbour and don't want to offend her.


Subject: RE: Gout Weed!
From: Arzeena
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Date: 13-May-00 08:52 PM EST

Wouldn't heavy mulching help control the weed better than pulling it out?

This seemed to have worked in the areas where I had couch grass growing. I put down a black plastic sheet to smother the weed & it seems to have worked.

Could you try it with the gout weed?

Or, do you have any Korean friends? It's a delicacy in Korean cooking!


Subject: RE: Gout Weed!
From: Painter
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Date: 13-May-00 11:14 PM EST

I have a lot of "gout weed" or what I and others call "snow-on-the-mountain" and have heard it call "bishops-cap" I think. I would surely love to have the Korean recipe to prepare some of this as we enjoy many Korean dishes which I prepare such as Kim Chee and others. Anyone out there heard of these other names and/or recipes. I enjoy this site and check back each evening to read what is new. Thanks to all for the input.


Subject: RE: Gout Weed!
From: Carolyn
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Date: 15-May-00 02:17 PM EST

Okay, so I removed the gout-weed, that is, I pulled as much of it as I could. Most of it came up by the root but some stems are left in the ground--leafless, mind you. Will the stems just produce more leaves or will they wither and die?

I reconsidered using Round-up; didn't want to dig up all my plants(gout-weed was growing up within them)and didn't feel confident I wouldn't kill everything using the glove or sock method.

Please Help!


Subject: RE: Gout Weed!
From: Joan
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Date: 17-May-00 08:06 AM EST

Why not just treat it like a weed (a plant growing were you don't want it) - and don't get in a dither about it - it really is wonderful under a deck and the steps up and I just cut it off with the mower were it heads into my lawn. Over time picking off the leaves as you do your regular weeding will eliminate it. Wonderful site this chat line - I've learned so much. Thanks everyone


Subject: RE: Gout Weed!
From: Joanne Straayer
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Date: 17-May-00 05:40 PM EST

I have tried the two ways suggested to get rid of goutweed that was planted on my neighbour's side of the fence. The landscape fabric didn't work as the goutweed just kept growing and I'd have all these big humps under the fabric. Then I tried round up and that didn't even make a dent in it. In desperation, I used Later's Killex and that finally knocked the wind out of it, although it is still a little soon to do the dance of victory.

Why would anyone use something this invasive when there are other ground covers available.


Subject: RE: Gout Weed!
From: ann
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Date: 17-May-00 07:39 PM EST

"If a friend gives you Goutweed, they're not your friend" Old saying. Roundup works quite well but it has to be put on when the plant is 'actively growing' which means now, it might take three tries to get rid of it. Garden Centres actually sell it !!!


Subject: RE: Gout Weed!
From: jdb
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Date: 17-May-00 07:48 PM EST

And roundup will probably be found to cause cancer. It's tough to get rid of, but the best method: Take out your perennials that you want to keep, and cover the bed with black plastic and let it cook it. Takes a few months, but it will work. Better than using roundup. Good luck.


Subject: RE: Gout Weed!
From: Joanne Straayer
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Date: 18-May-00 03:07 PM EST

I have this wonderful neighbour who is an absolute dear, but has more money than sense. Two years ago, she got it into her head to plant goutweed under her spruce. This was in mid summer. She called every garden centre in the area, desperately trying to find goutweed. Finally, she came across a small centre. The owner said he did have some goutweed, but she would have to come in that evening to pick it up. The reasons for waiting until the evening were vague, but we believe it was so he could go home, dig some up, put in a pot and sell to this "crazy" lady who actually wanted to BUY it.

Anyway, her goutweed didn't take, probably because her exhuberant, large brood of children destroyed it, similar to what they do to her other plants.

Hey, there's an idea on how to get rid of goutweed - it seems to have worked for her.


Subject: RE: Gout Weed!
From: Odette
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Date: 24-May-00 11:15 AM EST

A friend recently told me that she noticed that ferns she had planted in her garden seemed to be pushing out the goutweed! Could this be a solution? Of course, it could be that the ferns become as invasive as the goutweed (she did say that the ferns were encroaching on her lawn). But it's hard to believe anything could be as aggressive as goutweed.


Subject: RE: Gout Weed!
From: Marg
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Date: 24-May-00 02:17 PM EST

I have goutweed which I planted in my front flower bed. (Before I was aware of how it would take over!) Last year, I dug most of it up and planted a few pieces in a container. I had seen this container planting on a gardening show last winter and thought it looked really nice and that it would keep the goutweed contained. Hope it works.


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