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post #1 of 19 Old 09-10-2013, 12:00 PM Thread Starter
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HELP! I need an herbicide that will kill burrdock but won't hurt my horses

I almost had most of my burdock gone from my property. This wet Spring they came back with a vengeance. My horses were routinely being de-burred--I use corn oil--but they looked like they had dreadlocks! Ep I figured out where the worst area was, around their apple tree, and cleaned most of this out, but there are still a LOT to get rid of.
Finally, the last straw!! I was out using my reciprocating saw to chop down the burr "trees" saturday, and the dust and the falling burrs got in my clothes. I have an awful rash all over my back and my shoulders, even WITH long sleeves and jeans. There has GOT to be an herbicide to kill the weeds--next year--but not poison my horses. These are their turnout/grazing pastures, and I really cannot close all of them off at the same time. Fortunately the North pasture is open enough that you can mow most of them down to nothing. The other pastures have fencing and trees.
Anybody got any animal safe ideas? ...help, my back is dying...

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Where I am I don't think we get burdock (just every other weed imaginable) so please take my thoughts with a grain of salt: 1) Would routine mowing help? The mower is kept higher so grass can keep growing while, at the same time, preventing the weeds from growing enough height to develop flower and seed. This method was recommended to me when we planted a new hay field and were having trouble with thistle in it. We used a rough cut mower - more robust and practical than a riding mower given the size of the field. 2) We use an organic herbicide around our place. It's certainly not as a potent as the commercial chemicals but it does work and is much more safer for the animals. We got the recipe off the internet. It's made up of vinegar, salt and a tiny bit of dish soap. Is it possible to apply something like that directly on the individual plants (if there's not a great crowd of them)?
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Thanks for the advice. I also have a mower problem. It's a little bit of a money problem bc my bag push mower has a wheel problem and should be replaced, so I haven't mowed like I have in the past. STILL, I like the vinegar mixed with some soap. My horses wouldn't eat that!
I guess I'm looking for any and all ideas bc I'd like to eradicate them from the property. We haven't trailered the horses anywhere in 2 years, so these are ALL for past trips and bringing burrs home. ARRRGGGHHHHH!!!
Anybody else?

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Can you find PasturePro in your area? Its not the strongest of herbicides but it does a fair job of killing of the broadleaf plants and it labeled as safe for grazing animals.

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I'm glad you brought this up. Yes, I bought it and read the instructions, which say to keep your horses OFF bc of the poison.
Have you had any success with it?

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I'm glad you brought this up. Yes, I bought it and read the instructions, which say to keep your horses OFF bc of the poison.
Have you had any success with it?
All the 2-4-D products like PasturePro are safe to graze on. It works very well on the broadleaf weeds and cockleburrs at our place.

The instructions say " There is no waiting between treatment and grazing for non-lactating animals when used alone."
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I'm glad you brought this up. Yes, I bought it and read the instructions, which say to keep your horses OFF bc of the poison.
Have you had any success with it?
I have a bottle in my barn and the instructions said it was safe to graze them on it? In fact its their biggest claim on the bottle. Are you sure it was PasturePro and not PasturePro Plus or something? The only thing I read on there about not grazing animals is letting animals graze on freshly treated pastures and then letting them graze on an area you want broad-leaf plants to grow (I.e. Garden, farm fields, etc.) Because it could kill those plants.

PasturePro is a plant growth accelerant that only targets broad leafs. Kills them by making them grow faster than they can keep up. I've used it on cockleburrs, elderberry, hemlock, and other random weeds with good results.

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I have a bottle in my barn and the instructions said it was safe to graze them on it? In fact its their biggest claim on the bottle. Are you sure it was PasturePro and not PasturePro Plus or something? The only thing I read on there about not grazing animals is letting animals graze on freshly treated pastures and then letting them graze on an area you want broad-leaf plants to grow (I.e. Garden, farm fields, etc.) Because it could kill those plants.

PasturePro is a plant growth accelerant that only targets broad leafs. Kills them by making them grow faster than they can keep up. I've used it on cockleburrs, elderberry, hemlock, and other random weeds with good results.
Yes. 2-4-D is not absorbed by the animals, and you can kill your garden by using manure from animals that have grazed on it.
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Wow, thanks. I'll need to check my container when I get home and re-read it. I'll let you all know tomorrow what I find out.

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I used the pasturepro this year as well since that's what the place I boarded at used. I kept them off of it for a day or two just in case, but it is safe once it dries. If you apply when you turn in (if stalled) and let it dry until they go back out it should be fine :)

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