Getting Rid of Multifloral Rose

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  1. luvbritts

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    Does anyone know of a good way to rid pastures of multifloral rose? I have about 8 acres pastured for my horses so it would have to be something safe to use around them. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. ship1of2

    ship1of2 farmer11

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    I had someone tell me that goats would get rid of it but it might take awhile
     

  3. agmantoo

    agmantoo agmantoo Supporter

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    herbicide named crossbow, the animals should not have to be removed unless you have one you milk for human consumption. It may take more than on application but you can spot spray. I use this product on my pastures, it works and will not kill grass.
     
  4. Pony

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    I have read that a bulldozer is the most effective means of removing the multi-flora.

    Don't know if that's true or not, but it's what I read.

    Pony!
     
  5. rootsandwings

    rootsandwings Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I second goats. goats love it and make good companions for horses.
     
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    here i am again with my pitch for 2-4-d, again, at 64% a gallon cost $17.00 bucks and will mix over a hundred gallons of broadleaf killer.
     
  7. ozark_jewels

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    Goats!! They adore it and will ignore all grass if they can get to the multiflora roses...... :)
     
  8. MELOC

    MELOC Master Of My Domain

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    if i remember what i was told from years back, my dad once plowed one of the fields that had once had multi-flora and was cut back. there were runners underground twenty to thirty feet in length. that is probably why it is so hard to totally exterminate. i don't know if the chemical applications would kill that much root or not.

    i may have been one of the folks who recommended goats. they would be comparable to cutting it down and mowing. if you get rid of the mature plants and and keep it mowed or grazed down, you can keep it in check. i doubt you will ever totally eliminate it. my field has been totally cleared and mowed several times. if i neglect it, even for half a season, it always comes back.
     
  9. james dilley

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    Burn it off. That way the roots have to try and make new growth. It might take 2-3 times to do it though..
     
  10. PinkBat

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    What is Multifloral Rose? Is it harmful to horses?
     
  11. james dilley

    james dilley Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Think BIG large growths of roses, And the thorns too. It can crowd out other vegitation.
     
  12. Alice In TX/MO

    Alice In TX/MO More dharma, less drama. Supporter

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    I'm using Clarity on mine. If you let it get out of hand, you can have a pile of thorny rose briars 15 feet tall.
     
  13. MELOC

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    been there rose...still wearing the tee shirt. :rolleyes:
     
  14. ozark_jewels

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    On the plus side, multiflora rose smells *heavenly* in the spring! And it won't hurt horses. :)
     
  15. crystalniche

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    Those Roses make good brush shelter for the birds and rabbits too. I heard that if you plant it beside the road when it gets big it will stop a car that is speeding. I'd think it would have to be pretty big to do that tho. We have it beside the house and when I was feeding the birds I found that they would go way into them and sit. In a storm the little birds go in them for protection as well. The many branches would hold the snow and keep off the wind. The birds in the Winter depend on the tiny orange rose hips that grow on them for food. When we had the goats we would find that they used them as a windbreak, laying almost beneath them relaxing on blustery days. Silly things would go there and not into their warm house except at night or if we locked them in. My husband tried everything to get rid of those bushes but nothing worked. I wouldn't allow weedkiller tho. They do have a much needed place in nature.
     
  16. Alice In TX/MO

    Alice In TX/MO More dharma, less drama. Supporter

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    There are different kinds of multi-flora rose. The kind in south Texas was brought over from Europe by Shanghai Pearce in the later 1800's on an experiment to see if it was suitable for making hedge fences. Like the English Sparrow, it has spread and is a terrible nuisance. You can lose your WHOLE pasture if you let it get out of control.
     
  17. PinkBat

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    I noticed that every spring there are pink roses growing wild in the fence rows along the dirt road that takes us into town. It only blooms for a short time and only in the fence rows. I wonder if this is the same thing as what you guys are talking about. We've thought about digging some up and planting it on our fence row. After reading this I may not want to.
     
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    It is easier to get rid of AIDS the second time than to get rid of Multiflora Rose at all.
     
  19. seedspreader

    seedspreader AFKA ZealYouthGuy

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    LOL, we have brush hogged them continously and eventually they die out.
     
  20. Old John

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    When we bought our little place, MF Rose was 2o feet or more up into a lot of the trees.
    We bought a DR Brushmower, a 15 hp model with a 26in.blade.
    It will push it down & chop it up. Does a really nice job.
    After I cut it, I go back & sow an orchard grass,timothy, bluegrass, legume mixture. Keep it mowed. It turns into beautiful pasture. Keep it mowed with
    a bush hog.
    Folks around here mow their pasture occasionally, anyway.
    I highly recommend Mowing.
    Have fun.