Weeds everywhere on property, any suggestions

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  1. rosehaven

    rosehaven Well-Known Member

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    on how to get rid of them other than using toxic stuff like Roundup, etc.

    Thanks...............
     
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    What kind of weeds? dandelions, quackgrass, crabgrass, mullen, pigweed, milkweed, lambsquarter, thistle, hazel?

    And, how big of property are we talking about here: 10,000 sq. ft. or 40 acres?

    Need a little more info to provide good suggestions. But I think most of your answers will include the word "goats."
     
  5. uncle Will in In.

    uncle Will in In. Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Without herbicides, you will need to cut them. Either with livestock eating them, or you can use whatever type mower that can get over your ground. If it's too rough for a wheel type mower you can get and old fashioned tool that is called a sythe. Old homesteaders mowed thousands of acres with them one swing at a time.
     
  6. Meg Z

    Meg Z winding down

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    Sheep.

    I have goats and sheep. The goats are much more picky than the sheep!

    Meg
     
  7. rosehaven

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    hogweed (not the Giant Hogweed) , thistle etc. We are looking to have goats so this may be our answer.

    thanks for all the help.
     
  8. MorrisonCorner

    MorrisonCorner Mansfield, VT for 200 yrs

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    Sheep, goats, and fire.. in that order
     
  9. baddogbad

    baddogbad Active Member

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    heh.

    sheep, goats, and fire... you forgot atomic bomb.

    wild carrot is my nemisis here. i have been whacking them down for three years trying to get the grasses to take over. someday, before i die, i hope to gain a yard or two on them. but i'm not too hopeful...
     
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    Once you have the mass invasion under control, regular table vinegar is quite effective on thistles...not sure about hogweed, though.

    I can empathize, as our property, when we bought it, was chock-full of thistles, including the lawn and areas surrounding our "tin cabin." With vinegar and diligence, we've reclaimed those areas and the road up to our future building site, and we're gradually working on the "outback."
     
  11. Queen Bee

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    Goats or Roundup!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  12. albionjessica

    albionjessica Hiccoughs after eating

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    If an entire area is just covered, and there isn't anything you'd like to save there, then cover it up for the summer. Use big pieces of carpet, old pieces of wood, tarps... anything that will stay in place. Whatever is underneath will rot by next summer, then just seed whatever you want to grow there.

    Good luck!
     
  13. Country Lady

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    Move!! LOL You'll neve beat them.
     
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    marvella Well-Known Member

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    or... you could think of them as assets! most yard "Weeds" are either food or medicine.
     
  15. farmerdan

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    County agent should be able to help you. I read some where a while back that most weeds are caused by your soil lacking mineral(s). It might be worth the try.