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Weed questions
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joe    Posted 08-03-2003 at 19:48:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Couple things, the last few years have been pretty severe drought here. It has been raining this year but we're not anywhere near caught up. Anyway, ragweed seems to have taken over, I don't really know where it came from, I didn't notice any around. Just wondering if it's the type of weed that if you keep mowing it will go away, before it goes to seed, doubtful I know but I thought I'd ask.... I also have a couple pictures of a weed that I can't seem to find in my weed guide, and I'm not finding a good place to look it up on the internet, I was wondering if I could email them to someone who knows about that sort of thing to get an ID? Thanks.

Randy    Posted 08-04-2003 at 11:45:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Joe, maybe keep it mowed and at the same time put down some grass seed or whatever you want there. Might take a couple years but no spraying. If you keep it mowed and not reseed you might just have short ragweed and nothing to take its place.

tomatolord    Posted 08-04-2003 at 08:14:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
ok weeds are basically annuals, which means the spread seeds and then die back then grow next year.

During the spring if you put down a good weed blocker then the seeds will sprout but then die out.

The weed blocker is found in many fertilizers, halts from scotts is one of the name brands.

IF you keep it mowed then the plant wont go to seed and you will have less next year - however, the weed seeds get blown in on the wind so you will still have weeds, especially if there are weeds next door to you.

Sven    Posted 08-04-2003 at 04:52:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
When we moved into this place 5 years ago, we had a real infestation of what I believe is called giant ragweed, horseweeds to some. As I am afflicted with allergies, I knew this had to go, and since I am fortunate enough to have been raised in the country, I knew what the answer was. 2-4,D. This stuff is very effective at eradicating ragweed, and pretty much any other broadleaf type weed.Don't get it close to your garden, or flower beds,it will kill that also.
I used this stuff 2 or 3 times a year for the first 4 years, and have almost eliminated the ragweed.

joe    Posted 08-04-2003 at 06:23:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yes, I live in the country now, and I know spray works. However two problems with this. The area it is covering would cost me a few thousand to spray, and would kill most of my clover probably. I don't really want that option but I suppose it will be what I end up doing, I guess.

~Lenore    Posted 08-03-2003 at 20:14:12       [Reply]  [No Email]

It made me start sneezing just looking at it!!

Sid    Posted 08-03-2003 at 20:02:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mowing helps what we call ragweed around here but the best thing I have found is keep fertilizing and scattering clover seed ragweed only seems to grow where grass or crops are thin. I suggest you go ahead and post pictures of weed you can not iidentify here and see who comes up with what.

joe    Posted 08-04-2003 at 06:23:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hope to fertilize later, I was going to this year but there wasn't enough to go around in the area. I don't have any web space to post pictures, and I'm haying now (except it's too dewie this morning), so I really don't have any time to look for some. If you have a suggestion of where to put them I would.

Brian    Posted 08-03-2003 at 20:44:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
You can always leave it- the quail love it

Joe    Posted 08-04-2003 at 06:23:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
... but my cows don't. I've got lots of place for quail, pheasants, prairie chickens and all to go. It's taken over pretty much 160+acres. I hope to get something done before it gets farther. I still don't figure where it came from, the neighbors don't have any that I see, and I never hayed cows there.

Linda    Posted 08-04-2003 at 10:59:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Your county should have a weed control department. They will usually chip in half or more of the cost of spraying noxious weeds. They may even be willing to spray it for you, with your permission. It depends on the weed and how badly they want to get rid of it.

Ivey    Posted 08-04-2003 at 03:25:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Here's some "keys" for various plants. You just answer the questions and work down the page till you find the one you're looking for.

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