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Spanish Bluebells

Hello all

Anyone got any suggestions for controlling spanish bluebells in borders and lawns? Have tried Roundup provantage 480, and its having an effect, but its very slow! Have lost touch with the herbicide side of agriculture a bit, so wondered if farmers and growers use anything that may work? Failing that either dynamite or move house......! 

Thanks in advance 

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    Dig them.at the right time. I've found in early april (or when the flower spikes are just breaking the ground ish) they hold on to the bulb really well and are relatively easy to lift.

    They are an absolute nuisance and when you break one underground they can divide into loads of scale cuttings, quite amazing to see but not very helpful unless you're an hourly rate maintenance gardener with good knee pads.

    • Ok thanks for that Ben, will dig out the knee pads!

      • Would a burner work well on them I wonder. Right time of the year to be using one..

        • Hi Paul

          Thanks for replying. I wondered about that as I've got a fairly monstrous burner I use for heather burning, but I dont know if it would kill the bulbs, I suspect probably not, but its got to be worth a go!

          • Burning will just take the tops off and do no more than hoeing, but with more noise, danger and CO2.


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    A man died a few weeks ago heather burning, it’s not something to do without careful planning and a good escape route.



    Worker dies in heather burning incident
    A worker has died in a heather burning incident.
    • Thanks for your concern Andrew.

  • PRO

    Years ago a mate of mine was stubble burning, it got out of hand and he phoned the fire brigade who sent a Landrover with a portable pump on the back of it and hoses.

    The Fire Brigade Landrover broke down in the path of the fire and there were a few sweaty minutes whilst they got the pump off the Landrover and ran the hoses out to the brook, luckily the pump engine ran better than the Landrover engine and they saved the Landrover.

    Back in the days of stubble burning I saw quite a few close calls, it’s amazing how fast fire spreads.

    One of my neighbours uses a small flame thrower for gardening I see it as an accident waiting to happen.

    • I'm sticking to Round Up and the fork! Having spent many hours doing controlled heather burning on heathland sites I don't think it'll have any effect on burning bulbs, as when heather burning takes place, the first plants that come back are those with the thick juicy roots such as willowherb and bramble, and those bulbs are even wetter!

  • Can't you just hoe/strim the tops down to the ground?  I suspect they'll eventually just die off.  In our local bluebell wood, all the wood/paths have now been closed off in the bluebell season as people treading on the bluebells have completely killed them off .......... the National Trust are hoping that by closing the wood off at this time, the bluebells will return. 

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