War on weeds - what's on your hit-list?

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16 years 3 months ago #76085 by hilldweller
Can I come and live at your place?

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16 years 3 months ago #76086 by towerview
yea i have put alot of effort since i move back to home to get things up todate and taken care the old boy thinks i am spending to much money at the moment eg stump removing regrassing etc but as i say to him if we do it this year in the long run it will pay off as then we can be a bit more ralaxed

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16 years 3 months ago #76090 by Louimay
*yawn* Got up at 6 this morning and headed out with my knapsack with another tank of the dreaded Tordon BK and blitzed some more gorse and broom. The stuff I sprayed when I started way before Xmas is very very dead so it is satisfying to see some results...hehe. Shocked today to stumble across a great big clump of ragwort!![:0][V] This place used to be covered in it but we have slowly got it under control with the help of caterpillers and a bit of Escort so was shocked to discover this little forest of it. I am waiting for it to cool down and I will go and pull it out this evening.

Had to give up on the dock spraying in the hay paddocks (with Asulox) as with the rain, wind etc I had to delay it a bit and now it has gone to seed and it says not to spray it then. Anyway the grass has got so long in the hay paddocks that it is actually impossible to spray the docks anyway. Again the stuff I had done earler has curled up its toes and died[^]

I can see what my next problem will be...up the back of the farm stinging nettle is appearing everywhere. This weed battle is just an ongoing war isn't it??:(

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16 years 3 months ago #76105 by betenoir
Today was the first day since I moved here when I haven't found one single carrot weed flower. Several weeks of mechanical and chemical warfare seem to have knocked it back to an 'acceptable' level. Bet the buggers are back tomorrow though lol

[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC] BAAAAAAAAA

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16 years 3 months ago #76109 by skyline_glenn
Sorry Hilldweller, didn't notice your Q at the bottom of your reply. A scrub bar is just another name for a large weedeater that has the handles and harness and uses a blade instyead of nylon.

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16 years 3 months ago #76161 by sod
sg our one goes on your back like pack and is so comfy and easier to use than the line trimmer :)

Having time is a measure of enthusiasm:rolleyes:

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16 years 3 months ago #76164 by Wildwest
betenoir you are not talking about carrot weed are you. Smells like carrot when scrunched and has a root like a white carrot?
Absolute plague of it up north. Completely chocking paddocks. Its a real curse.
My neighbour has it all along a waste area right on our boundary and I spent hours today pulling seedlings. Fortunately its easy to pull.
Curse of stuff though if it gets established.

Today I sprayed and sprayed and sprayed. Dock,wooly nightside, deadly nightshade,privet,blackberry.

My gorse was chopped back over the winter but not painted. All new growth coming in now so maybe tomorrow will be gorse spraying day!

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16 years 3 months ago #76169 by betenoir
Wildwest..yep thats the one. Carrot weed has got to be the biggest waste of chlorophyll ever invented. Its along every roadside so I doubt I'll ever be rid of it, but at least I can get it down to a manageable level. Been cutting off flowers and painting stems with vigilante to spread it around systemically to the low growing bits, then pulling out any new flowers as they appear. If they don't come out clean out comes the vigilante again.

[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC] BAAAAAAAAA

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16 years 3 months ago #76177 by terralee
Well I am STILL doing the spraying of our lovely(NOT) cali's .... I've killed millions but they seem to appear behind me ... just have to keep telling myself that every damn one I kill will not be there reproducing next year ... I hate them!!!!
The 2 worst paddocks are done now and I am onto the 3rd which has patches but at least isn't wall to wall with them ... will be interesting to see what they look like next year.
Oh the joys of shifting properties.
Cheers

Leonie & Zoo!!! :silly: :woohoo:

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16 years 3 months ago #76180 by gemini kiwi
Yesterday we were busy dismantleing a Greenhouse we have bought at my son's rental property. His girlfriend gave me a tour of the garden, mostly natives and one lovely plant called 'Yesterday, today and tomorrow" which I snip snipped a few cuttings of. Anyway I got shown this "daisy" but she wasn't sure what it was, I walked over and promptly yanked it out................RAGWORT.
I must say the look on her face was priceless.

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16 years 3 months ago #76205 by Louimay
Went out last night to pull out the clump of ragwort that I found yesterday and discovered it was covered in dozens of cinnabar caterpillars. They are doing a great job the little guys and I figured that seeing as we don't have much ragwort left (thanks to them) I had better leave them with their food supply and hopefully they will repay me by breeding lots and lots of replacements.;)

They are soooo cute:)

A bit breezy here this morning to spray so will have the morning off and maybe this evening I will get out there.

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16 years 3 months ago #76214 by Kilmoon
Been hitting the blackberry, whats left of the gorse:D and some weird weedy vine with the Tordon BK - looking nice, limp and dying. The wind died enough that we were able to use our mechanised sprayer (50L plug into the Mule type) for the first time this summer instead of the backpack one. Made all the good Darth Vader noises through the face mask as I sprayed:D, hubby thought it was a hoot as he gave a hand by being hose monkey for the day - reeling our 15 metre hose in and out as I moved around spraying.

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16 years 3 months ago #76229 by Ants
I tried grubbing the thistles on our place. This is the second year I've done this & there is certainly less. I started around Nov/Dec & whenever i went for a walk I'd take my grubber with me. We've got 60 acres of steep hill country so it hasn't just been a quick wander down the back paddock. Give it a few years hopefully the numbers would have dropped further & in the meantime the exercise isn't doing me any harm.
Broom. Unfortunately our neighbour hasn't done anything about theirs, so there's a huge seed bank right next door. I've sprayed some of the smaller stuff with Trounce, the bigger stuff has been chainsaw material, too big for scrub bar. Sheep actually like broom especially the small young shoots. They have long tap roots so draw up a lot of minerals from deep down, they are very high in sulfer.
Gorse. Thankfully we only have a couple of smallish patches of gorse. This has definitely been chainsaw material though, wtih the plan to spot spray any regrowth. We'll put some grass seed down in the autumn & see what happens.
Tutu. Strated by pulling this out by hand until I looked up the hill a bit to see a couple of large patches, so they've been sprayed with trounce. It's poisonous to cattle (not sure about sheep). So long as they've got plenty of feed they tend to leave it alone, it's often during the winter they get into it when feed is a bit shorter.
Haven't even started on the briar, blackberry, pig fern, matagouri (although I can live with the matagouri) bush lawyer, so plenty more to tackle.
Ants

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16 years 3 months ago #76232 by Nancy F
I've been spraying the thistles but it's been too windy recently to do any spraying.. might have to just cut off the flowers now as I'm not going to get anything else done unless this wind stops RIGHT NOW!!!!!.... OK.. that didn't work.. so I guess it's out with the rubbish sack and hedge clippers... yek.. [xx(]

On the home front I really detest that little weed (admittedly it's easy to remove but anyway...) it has an upright seed pod that when ripe and you touch it just launches seed everywhere... suppose I shouldn't worry about it when I have blackberry plants that have suddenly grown to five foot tall in the back of the flower garden.. now how did that happed????!!![:I]

Nancy

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