Anybody dealing with any of these three weeds? In quantity? The grasses in the back four are hip high and I see there’s parsnip and thistles hiding. The west ditch has an area that is solid thistles. I’ve been weed whacking them for several years, but I’m losing ground with them. The thistles are adjacent to our windbreak, and I’d really like to keep that clean and free of the stuff that takes over a windbreak.
With weed whacking and staying vigilant that they don’t produce seed, can this stuff be snuffed out?
iF hubby should mow that area with the brush cutter, is the parsnip a danger for skin issues?
anybody have a plan?
Gardening like I'm gonna live forever, right here in central Iowa. Posting since 2008.
We have a few thistles here and there but nothing like the yard where I grew up, as it was a nightmare for a kid who liked to go barefoot. Even with mowing, they still come back every year. Digging may be the only way to truly eradicate them and if you fell brave, the stalks can be peeled and eaten.
Poison ivy on the other hand is one weed I wish didn't exist as I'm severely allergic to it. If you can find someone who isn't allergic, they may be able to pull/dig it out but it always seems to come back. Grandma did manage to get rid of a small patch near her fence by pouring several turns of pickle brine on it one year and not sure if it was the salt, vinegar or a combination of the two that did it. I've never come across wild parsnip here and hope I never do.
While I don't think it would have much effect on poison ivy, you might be able to smother the thistles with heavy cardboard covered with a few inches of wood mulch.
I’ve seen goats contr poison ivy. I used salt vinegar spray along the edge of my property to keep the PI from moving forward. Mugwort is the bane of my existence. It is inthe lower acre and spreads by root, seed and any cut portion can reattach. Virginia creeper is moving in. I have to weed whack, clean it up in its own compost pile and keep beating it back. It’s frustrating and time consuming. Binny, i'd vote for cutting it back...but you may be opening a doorway for even more aggressive weeds. It’s such a balancing act.
Post by Wheelgarden on May 31, 2021 18:51:23 GMT -5
In our wide open uncultivated areas, we used to have a problem with thistles, until they were mowed twice a year (thanks, good neighbor!) Up close to the house and garden, we got poison ivy beaten back by more frequent mowing. Still have a recurring issue with it because with our tall trees, a vine will sneak up one and produce their little white berries --- which the birds love to eat and spread. When we see a climber, we take the machete and chop it at ground level. Poison ivy can grow like a groundcover, a small bush, or a long vine. Hateful stuff.
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