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Anybody use one of those Weed mops?
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Tom A    Posted 05-07-2002 at 06:54:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I saw some adds for them, and I remember that somebody asked for plans to build one once. I'm just wondering if they're any good...any comments?

Seems like they'd be useful for when there's some hardy weeds interspersed with 'good' plants. I've got a field I reseeded last year...lots of good grasses, but there is an amazing amount of thistles that popped up, too. In the past I've spot sprayed with Roundup, but seems like the overspray always kills a 1-2 foot circle around each 3 inch weed.


Verona Walton    Posted 02-09-2004 at 13:17:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I used one several years ago and liked it very much. I do not know where I can buy one. Please help.

rhudson    Posted 05-07-2002 at 14:07:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
HI Tom,
soon as i finish this hamburger, my son and i are going to spot spray 2-4-D on pasture thistles. the 2-4-d will not kill grass (but is rough on clover). we have one of those 12 volt, 30 gallon sprayers and put it on golf cart or the gator. for my more out of control pastures, i too would like to see some plans for a weed wiper.

Danny in CO    Posted 05-07-2002 at 12:17:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]

The easiest way to get rid of thistle is to keep the flower heads clipped off. That's where next years thistle seeds are. Thistle comes up from seed each year, not the old plants. However, the seeds can lay dormant for several years before germinating.

My horse loves the thistle flowers. He waits until they are fully open and then snips the flower off. Of course, the seeds pass through him and come up the next year.


Tom A    Posted 05-07-2002 at 13:27:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks Danny. One problem I have is with neighbors and right-of-way land nearby...I can kill every last one of mine, but the seeds will blow over.

Horese likes 'em, eh? I'll have to take Bobbyjean, my mule, for a walk through this field when it begins to bloom. :-)

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