Animals to keep apiary grass down?

Discussion in 'Beekeeping' started by Mountaineer, May 2, 2006.

  1. Mountaineer

    Mountaineer Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2006
    OK probably dumb question here.
    I have been using a brushcutter with great results. I've tried chickens and ducks which did ok, though they always left around the hives weedy (hmm...)
    Has anyone tried anything else? I hear larger animals may scratch themselves.
    I'm thinking about rabbits (chew?), or anything else.
    I don't use round-up. I like excuses for having to get more animals here, hoping someone has a bright idea for me.
  2. Hee Haw

    Hee Haw Well-Known Member

    Mar 22, 2006
    Hey Farmer Joe,
    The cheepest way ive found to keep weeds from growing aroud you hives is to spread rock salt, you know like you use to make home made icecream with, all the way around your hives. Are you can put down heavy black plastic. I put down the plastic before i set my hives down and put creek sand under my hives, with the screen bottom boards, so when the hive beetles and mites fall down under the hive, they will not lay eggs in the sand and cant get through the black plastic.
    Very very few beetles now.

  3. dcross

    dcross Well-Known Member Supporter

    Aug 12, 2005
    East central WI
    Old rugs and carpet, cardboard will work too.