Dang Thistles !

The thistles are starting for the year , what are you guys using to kill thistles but NOT the grass ? Thanks, Raz
BTW Would also like to know thee to purchase the product and how to apply it.
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what type of thistles and where are they?
I am assuming in a garden.
If they are stand alone, like a nodder thistle, then a small amount of roundup painted on the thistle with a paint brush will kill them. If small enough, not surrounded by other plants and they have not gone to seed douse them with hot water. Alternately dig them out by hand.
Some thistles have a very extensive root network and pop up in several places. Roundup knocks those back pretty well (although it may not kill them off totally).
rob
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It is not in my garden but my lawn . I live in rural Iowa and the live next to a pasture . Well, the deadbeat renter that rents the land next to us, did not spray for thistles last year . I am not on speaking terms with him but if he doesn't spray his soon, the ASCS office will get a call from me.
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by hand with the aid of a knife if you can get them early enough, root around in the soil and pull the entire thistle out, or if big or in clumps roundup (I use it neat for some tough plants or watered down for others) applied with a small paint brush to the leaves. If an extensive rooting thistle you will be round uping for a long time but will knock it back significantly. Provided it is possible my preference would be by hand.
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My parents (in Ohio) had a similar problem -- numerous thistles began appearing in their lawn, also a result of a nearby pasture that was literally loaded with them. There were far too many to dig by hand. I was able to get rid of the thistles for them, but it took several applications because thistles are tough critters and some were well-established before I started. I used a broad leaf week killer (herbicide) and a hose-end sprayer by Gilmour the first couple of times. After that, I could spray more selectively and get just those that I either missed the first time or were too tough to destroy with the original applications.
One of the sprays I used was Weed-B-Gon by Ortho. Be sure to read the instructions to make sure that it is safe in your type of grass, but I have also used it for other weeds in my St. Augustine lawn in Texas. This is the product (but there are other similar products in lawn and garden shops): http://www.ortho.com/index.cfm/event/ProductGuide.product/documentType/product/category/%2FCategories%2FProducts%2FWeed+Insect+and+Disease+Control%2FLawn+Weed+Control/documentId/6959e1713c998854d1ca022c7075c173
or:use this link if wrapping makes the link too long: http://tinyurl.com/74ktx
I also occasionally used RoundUp on very tall, tough thistles, but RoundUp had to be *very* carefully applied to the individual plant because it will kill anything green it touches!
MaryL
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My garden was over-run with thistle for a few years - Round-up didn't appear to kill it the first time - it kept reappearing - but after 2 years it is gone completely.
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