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    Etheldreda is offline Germinator
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    Default Strimming and sticky willy

    Hello

    I've just taken on a full size allotment plot.

    It is full of thick sticky willy.

    I've rolled it into a massive heap, however I'm struggling to cut this massive thicket up into transportable sections (to put in one tonne bag, in car to dump).

    Would a good strimmer make lighter work of it?

    Thanks

    E

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    Hello and welcome!
    I'm pulling up a lot of sticky willy/goosegrass/cleavers at the moment and its covered in seeds. You really need to get rid of those or they'll scatter everywhere and give you the same problem next year.
    I think a strimmer would chop it up and scatter the seeds in the process.
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    its not just pulling it up in clumps, its 2ft deep and 6x6 wide tangled mess massive mat to get rid of. Sadly the plot will be infested for a long time with those blighters.

    The rest of the plot needs strimming as it has lots of nettles (6ft high) and totally overgrown at the back, cannot get into polytunnel and shed, so will be getting one in I think. Just pondering if you can actually cut into the mass with a strimmer just to get it into chunks you see.

    The plot is on black fen peat soil, and the weeds love it as much as the veg does,

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    Can you burn it off with a flame gun?
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    no fires allowed on the peat fen allotments, it causes underground fires!!!

    We are allowed attended incinerators, however the mass is too big!!
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    Make weed Tea fertiliser out of it and then no need to dump it and you get free feed.

    Regards Rob

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    Hi Etherelda and welcome to the Vine. I take it the cleavers is still green, will it wilt enough over the next few days to be able to compress more.
    Alternatively, stack it in one place (maybe cover it with a tarp to speed up decomposition) and allow it to rot. That area will have lots of seeds but it sounds like your plot is already well seeded anyway.
    Is the polytunnel on your new plot? lucky you.
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    Can you use something like a long handled cultiweeder to drag the whole mass somewere else? A bit of waste ground/woods or something?
    He-Pep!

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