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Bindiis at Dec Crag, Arapiles
Louise Shepherd
9/01/2010
10:11:31 PM
Bindiis, or three-corner jacks, are prickly weeds that have become established at Arapiles. They were first noticed at Dec Crag 2 summers ago, and may have spread to the Pines campground and beyond.
Bindiis germinate only after summer rain. As Arapiles received significant rain in December 2009, local climbers kept an eye out for the weeds around the Dec Crag bouldering sites. So far we have pulled out over 200 plants before they set seed.
Please assist local climbers keep Arapiles bindii free by:
a) checking your shoes, thongs and climbing shoes for prickles embedded in the soles. Dispose of prickles/seeds by wrapping and putting in bin, or burning.
b) finding out what bindiis plants look like, and pulling them up.

masterofrup
10/01/2010
7:02:02 PM
just to back this up and apologies to those in the know, these things are horrible, easily causing significant pain through a pair of old thongs. easy to spot and dispose of but mature so fast after any summer rain and then stick to things (footwear and tires) it is very hard to get rid of them. They are prolific in my newish backyard and I hate them with a vengance. Many people being vigilant may possibly get on top of them. The most reliable way i have found to have their appearance burned into your psyche is to steadfastly walk barefoot in infested areas until you are confident you can spot them in your sleep.
jacq
10/01/2010
9:00:18 PM
I dont have any at my place to take a pic, but it might be worth posting a photo of what they look like up on CS so they are easy for people to recognise. They are truly evil little buggars!
jacq
10/01/2010
9:27:16 PM
Owww... rotten things. Search and destroy!
lacto
10/01/2010
10:52:54 PM
thats not caltrope too broad a leaf I will put some photos up later . much finer leaf with yellow flowers
Wendy
11/01/2010
7:26:04 AM
That's not the stuff we have here. It's this stuff:

http://www.pir.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/37891/Caltrop.pdf

I reckon individual plants look sort of like a leggy red skinned spider spread out over the ground, but I may be getting a bit carried away there.

Lou, I nearly feel off my chair to see you on here! Welcome!

evanbb
11/01/2010
7:41:22 AM
On 10/01/2010 lacto wrote:
>thats not caltrope too broad a leaf I will put some photos up later .
>much finer leaf with yellow flowers

Yeah, of course, my pic even has the bloody name in the bottom corner; clearly not caltrope. That was a Forestry Vic search result for 3 Cornered Jack. So, I guess there's a few problem weeds out there.



POST EDIT

Removed incorrect picture from a few posts ago.

Eduardo Slabofvic
11/01/2010
9:47:05 AM
Techniques I have employed in the past involve, picking the plants if they are small and not in seed. If they have dried out, then the seeds will fall off when you try to pick them up. The individual plants can be bigger than a dinner plate at this stage, and often there will be many overlapping plants. So getting the seeds (thorns) is the important thing, so as to reduce (eliminate) the seed stock in the soil.

If they are the only vegetation on the ground (common but not always the case) take broom and sweep up the dirt in the affected area. You’ll sweep up the seeds at the same time. My preference is to then burn the soil.

I have now found a new device that I want to employ, it is a little butane burner on a stick that make an easily held mini flame thrower, which I will then bring into close contact with the vermin plant. I might try it today infact.
hero
11/01/2010
10:06:20 AM
What part of the words TOTAL FIR BAN WE"RE ALL GOING TO DIE CODE RED did you not understand Eduardo?

Eduardo Slabofvic
11/01/2010
10:21:20 AM
I thought that that was just a name.

It might just as well be called BRUCE DAY.

It's like this show I saw on tele, they were interviewing this gung-ho U.S. Army guy who said that the name of the Helicopter behind him was the Eagle Hawk Death Giving Kill 'em All Baaaaad Mother.

It may as well be called Fluffy Cuddly Marshmelow, cause the name doesn't matter; as it is what it is, the name is just what some one who takes themselves too seriously has decided to give it.
citationx
11/01/2010
12:46:03 PM
On 11/01/2010 Eduardo Slabofvic wrote:
>I have now found a new device that I want to employ, it is a little butane
>burner on a stick that make an easily held mini flame thrower, which I
>will then bring into close contact with the vermin plant. I might try
>it today infact.

Are these what you mean? I used to use them to put the... icing on the creme (creme brulee). you can get them in cooking stores! mmmm, creme brulee... i mean, flamethrowers!
http://www.howdididoit.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/12/creme-brulee-7.jpg
(someone feel free to add the picture on my behalf)

Eduardo Slabofvic
11/01/2010
12:58:19 PM
No, that's a crack torch.

The thing I'm talking about is like a camping stove (butane type) on the end of 1m long pole, giving you a flame that's 4 or 5cm across.

tmarsh
11/01/2010
1:29:07 PM
On 11/01/2010 Eduardo Slabofvic wrote:
>The thing I'm talking about is like a camping stove (butane type) on the
>end of 1m long pole, giving you a flame that's 4 or 5cm across.

If it runs off a BBQ bottle type gas cylinder, I know what you mean. I've got one at home and have used it for nuking weeds. Works well, if a little slow. Just not on a day like today.
widewetandslippery
11/01/2010
1:39:40 PM
I fell in love with a bitch called Bindi and I miss her so.

Eduardo Slabofvic
11/01/2010
2:18:15 PM
The instructions say to just put the flame on the weed for a couple of seconds, but where's the fun in that. I was thinking of mixing some petrol and vasoline together, squirting that everywhere then bring out the flame thrower
Louise Shepherd
12/01/2010
9:24:13 AM
Wendy's right. The website she posted is very good and worth checking out.
It says that bindiis have staggered germination during summer. That means climbers need to keep checking Dec Crag till Feb or March. If anyone sees some at the Pines or elsewhere, please post a notice on this forum.
The website also says that it takes 5 - 6 weeks for seeds to form after the plant has germinated. In my experience this is not the case after LATE summer rain ie. Feb rain will produce weeds that set seed when the plant is still very small.
I agree with the person who said that the best way to check on possible infestations is to walk around barefoot, That's how I discovered my own little crop in the back yard!
hero
12/01/2010
9:49:10 AM
This will all go horribly wrong. I have and image of eduardo running down the road with all his clothes burnt off, crying.


Eduardo Slabofvic
12/01/2010
9:55:50 AM
I have an image of Hero kneeling on the ground with his hands tied behind his back, and me standing next to him with a pistol in my hand.

howzithanging?
12/01/2010
10:54:15 AM
try 'gypsum clay breaker' before summer this year, should stop them occurring...

Zebedee
12/01/2010
12:13:53 PM
On 12/01/2010 howzithanging? wrote:
>try 'gypsum clay breaker' before summer this year, should stop them occurring...
How? Why? The weed in question favours sandy soil how is a treatment to break up clay soils going to help?

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