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how to keep weeds from growing in window wells

How to keep weeds from growing in window wells

But is a tame garden the same as the wilderness? My garden is no longer the home of poison oak, and I want to keep it that way.

Thank-You. What is the best way to get rid of it. It grows out of the window well and is not visually appealing and blocks the window from the family room.

I made an assumption. I assumed Diana and I were both California bred and raised. My experience with window wells comes from my daughter's college stay in Idaho.

I have been in CA all my life. Not many places have basements or other below grade rooms, especially with windows.

Locally native plants can be very aggressive, not invasive in the un-bastardized use of the word. One can be aggressive in one's own home, but it is technically incorrect to say that one can invade their own home. There is a lot to be said for keeping the precision of the language.

If pokeweed was a native, here, it would still be:
Aggressive- gets so large, so fast that other plants lose out, do not grow well.
Weedy- in the sense that it is growing where it is not wanted. Also weedy, since it is resistant to certain weed killers.
Since it is not native, it is an invasive plant.

Not invasive, native to the Eastern US.

I would consider poison oak an invader if it showed up in my garden. Never mind that it has been native to this part of CA longer than I have. Hmm. Does that make me the invader?
There is a large patch of it less than half a mile away in a field. It does not bother me, there. Just don't let the dogs run into that patch!

Unlike the Ash tree in your other post, this is a herbaceous plant that is technically not hurting anything by being next to your house. They can grow up to 6 or 8 feet tall but no larger and will die back each winter. If you have children around just be cautious that the berries and all parts of the plants are poisonous so don’t eat them. Birds like to eat the berries though.

How to keep weeds from growing in window wells

No_Such_Reality 8/14/2017, 12:11 pm

You might have some success – if, after cutting them – you pour warm alcohol or salt solution over the stumps – that might kill the roots.

CapeCoddess 8/13/2017, 5:49 pm

I’d try vinegar, Epsom salts, AND black plastic all together.

Re: Small trees growing in my window wells

Hi CrazyArtist. Welcome from Atlanta, GA!

Are there any grafted trees around? I just dug out an inch thick woody root that was over 30 feet long from running along the house. I cut it off and stop where it ran under the concrete slab for the AC cooling tower it’s most likely from the plum that’s 15 feet further away and on a semi-standard root stock that keeps sending out runners.

Window well covers will form miniature green houses for these weeds.

Re: Small trees growing in my window wells

AtlantaMarie 8/14/2017, 7:06 am

Welcome Crazy Artist! I have the same problem with English Ivy – still fighting it in the yard, etc for over 30 years.