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#3271224 - 06/19/13 01:31 PM Canadian thistles
6 Point

Registered: 09/23/07
Posts: 764

What is the best way to control thistles besides Roundup and cutting them back?
#3271828 - 06/20/13 10:43 AM Re: Canadian thistles [Re: Doskil]
8 Point

Registered: 02/09/05
Posts: 1802
Loc: Hickman County, TN

Goats or a nuclear bomb.
Just kidding (sort of) - goats will eat them but short of getting a herd of them, roundup and / or keeping them mowed down is all I know to do. Since they are annuals, if you can keep them from flowering and making a new crop of seeds that should help unless you have neighbors that are just letting them go and you keep getting loads of seeds from them. It seems like they go in cycles - some years I won't have but a few to deal with and then there will be years where it is a major battle to keep them knocked back.

#3277460 - 06/27/13 11:15 PM Re: Canadian thistles [Re: woodchuckc]
Paul Burns
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Registered: 03/28/99
Posts: 2142
Loc: Westport--- Carroll County Tn

Keep hitting them with Gly 4 or roundup, Wet the plant and the ground under it good and keep after them. They do have a large deep root system and will keep coming back for a while from the root. Seems to me when you are using chemicals that bushhogging them oscasionally just makes them worse--especially for the next year.

Edited by Paul Burns (06/27/13 11:16 PM)
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