Since it has been raining for a couple of weeks, I was able to pull out
hundreds of Scotch Broom plants, with thicknesses up to the size of my
wrist (due to the 2 foot deep taproot being in mud at this time) off
my hilly property (mostly by pulling downhill with all my weight).
But the Spanish Broom is still very difficult to pull out.
Generally I cut the Spanish Broom with a chain saw or with clippers
(depending on the thickness) and then spray immediately (within a few
minutes) with Glyphosate weed killer on the cut portion.
For the most part, that works - but I still have many thousands of these
Spanish Broom plants scattered about to eradicate.
Do you have any good tricks (like the one we already have for Scotch
Broom) for removing Spanish Broom in the wet winters?
On Tue, 08 Jan 2013 08:46:07 -0800, Paul Drahn wrote:
I agree with you!
In fact, two years ago, I cleared an acre of the Scotch Broom
and Spanish Broom with a chain saw (the Spanish Broom was up
to 6 inches thick or so and 15 feet tall or so).
The Spanish Broom came back with a vengeance, especially as
it sprouted around the cut stumps.
Then I learned you must paint with glyphosate (e.g., Roundup)
within five minutes of cutting.
That stopped the recidivists.
Then I learned that the seeds can remain viable for 100 years!
Wow. No wonder the invasive broom species took over the land!
I'd like to strangle the guy who brought them into this country!
Many years ago ODOT, Oregon Dept of Transportation planted Scotch broom
in newly constructed highway embankments to control soil erosion. Years
later, when they became aware of allergies and how invasive they are,
they tried to eradicate the Scotch Broom. Of course that never worked.
Now they deny any responsibility! I recall driving by a planting of
Spanish Broom and being unable to breathe for almost a minute. Then I
learned to hold my breath when I passed the spot.
On Wed, 09 Jan 2013 01:01:37 +0000, Danny D. wrote:
On Thu, 10 Jan 2013 21:44:12 +1300, Eric Stevens wrote:
That explains why I failed to eradicate Spanish Broom on my property
in addition to the Poison Oak.
Recently I learned you need to apply the glyphosate within minutes
of chainsawing the Spanish Broom.
I never knew why - and - I thought it was specific to Spanish Broom.
From what you're saying, it's the way plants work.
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