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post #1 of 2 Old 06-08-2013, 01:23 PM Thread Starter
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Getting rid of sage in paddock

my horse does not have a huge paddock so i like to keep it up the best i can, but im having trouble with keeping on top of the sage. my guy of coarse wont eat it, and its poisonous. it seems to grow like crab grass, attached at the root under ground but im not sure. i try to weed as often as i can, but if you try pulling them when they are tiny the leaves break off and the root is left, once they get on the larger side they get woody and are tough to pull. and for every 1 i pull out 10 more seem to pop up. Our neighbors have similar sive paddocks and the sage brushes are huge and take over and i definitely dont want that,, but im kinda at a loss of what to do without involving toxic herbicides
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post #2 of 2 Old 06-08-2013, 01:51 PM
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Sage is an opportunistic and invasive species plus they're tough - such an annoyance. They'll shoot up any place where there's relatively undisturbed, open ground (as in a grazed down paddock). If you somehow manage to clean out your paddock entirely, seeds will come in from elsewhere (likely from your neighbour's place as it sounds like they've got a healthy crop growing). I see you're also from Saskatchewan so I suspect you've probably got pasture sage (there's also prairie sage but it's not as problematic) in your paddock. I've got some bad spots in one of my pastures where that stuff has set up house. Short of blasting it with serious chemicals, I've resigned myself to keeping it cut using the rough cut mower -- my thinking is that at least keeps it from seeding itself and increasing that way and I feel as long as I can keep that from happening the individual plants will die off at some point.

Good luck.
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