#21 May 20, 2013
The feed/farm store gave me Pastora to use. The first application worked great. They are pretty much all dying. Now just to get rid of the leftovers. They said to drag burlap across the yard to pick them up. Also, to re-apply Pastora if I see them coming back.
#22 May 24, 2013
Lots of well-meaning, but incorrect advice given here. I'll correct a few...
Grassburs (Sandbur is the more common name) are not in the bean family - ever see any bean pods on them? Sandburs are in the, wait for it, grass family!
Sandburs love lawns, they can easily take advantage of vegetated areas that are mowed too often and too short - as most people do. Don't mow so often and mow high!
Or just stop having a silly and wasteful lawn altogether and grow a prairie - Sandbur can't compete in prairie sod. Do you really need a lawn? Think about it, they don't provide food, shade, or clean water.
“U.S. lawn maintenance annually consumes about 800 million gallons of gasoline,$5.2 billion of fossil-fuel derived fertilizers, and $700 million in pesticides. Up to two thirds of the drinking water consumed in municipalities goes to watering lawns. Lawns are now covering an estimated 32 million acres of the United States, making it the largest irrigated crop in the country.”
And stop overgrazing. Sandbur proliferates in the sandy soils of North Texas when areas are overgrazed. Why? Because all the good tasting stuff for cattle is gone and cattle won't eat Sandbur, so it takes over. Cattle grazing is not a year-round possibility in N. Texas - for each drought, fire, mowing, grazing, or other disturbance event, the land should be rested for at least one full growing season so the grasses can re-grow what was consumed above ground as well as what was temporarily stopped below ground (the roots, they're just as important as the grass leaves and seed heads). Almost everyone overgrazes these days, so why not be different by not doing that? You'll save yourself a lot of money and headaches.
Finally, those of you who can (and are properly trained, certified, hold legally required insurance, etc.) start doing controlled burns! Native grasses and wildflowers - everyone loves those, right? Bluebonnets? Indian Paintbrush?- evolved WITH fire. So, without fire, those lovely plants will disappear and the unwanted plants like Sandbur start showing up. Maybe consider joining an organization like the North Central Texas
Prescribed Burn Association - learn to burn and have fun doing it!
#23 Jun 30, 2013
2-4D will not kill grass burrs. It is a broad leaf weed killer. It can kill your flowers and your trees if it was to get on them or gas off after it is sprayed.
#24 Aug 30, 2013
We're out digging them up not always by the root but mostly to get those awful stickers in the trash instead of our feet. The blanket idea is great. I bought a nitrogen sulfur fertilizer for my central TX acreage. We also have horrible grasshoppers this year and I bought non-food grade diatomaceous earth to kill them. This evening we'lll fertilize/water.
Last year I layed a whole bunch of mulch over them. Well they didn't come up there but alongside the mulch and they are all over my circular gravel driveway. I have to admit the mulch worked to some degree. I was told good hay laid over the stickers is good too.
I'm also checking out non-food grade vinegar and a few other ingredients to kill instead of using poison.
Organic corn gluten is suppose to be great but it is expensive if you have more than a yard.
#25 Aug 30, 2013
POA I'd like grow a prairie. Have any suggestions? My one concern is snakes. Would they hang out in those tall grasses in the yard.
#26 Aug 30, 2013
Has anyone tried fire ants? I've heard they do a great job controlling grass burs
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