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post #11 of 19 Old 09-10-2013, 09:00 PM
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Rangestar is great stuff. Use it next on Burdock in the pre-flowering stage for best results. No restrictions on non-lactating grazing animals.

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post #12 of 19 Old 09-10-2013, 09:03 PM
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Indian lore says to kill burdocks after the second full moon in the spring. Supposedly that prevents them from coming back. It must have to do with the weather patterns and the timing of the release of the spores/seeds.

I generally cut them down, then compost them. Don't leave them in the field and don't burn them. If you don't have a hot, active compost pile, put them in garbage bags. Then you can either throw them out in the trash, or after 4 - 6 weeks of being overheated, you can burn them or put them in a regular compost pile. They will be soft and mushy, so not so easy to burn.
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I think your best bet is to research what soils burdock grows best in and how it can be amended to discourage their growth. There is vegetation that thrives along gravel roads with all the dust yet wouldn't survive in well nourished garden soil. Horses love some of the thistles. I had a few bales with thistles and the goats and horses would push each other away to get at them. They are quite nutritious but do cause splats.
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post #14 of 19 Old 09-11-2013, 06:56 AM
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you mentioned North pasture, divide the field, put horses on one field, spray the other, wait a few days, switch. Its not rocket science
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Thanks for all of the great responses! My back is much better, thank you, but you know how it is in the heat of the moment, you just want to pull your hair out. (I've tried NOT to pull out too many mane and tail hairs.) =b

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I use Cimmaron with awesome results. Specifically formulated to be horse pasture safe.
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2-4-D is actually a salt. You can put animals back on the pasture, but i dont remember the wait time , Burrs can 'seed' themselves into the ground and stay dormant for quite a while and then with the correct weather .. grow very lush.. I have loco weed and it gets huge burr seeds, and I have sprayed and sprayed and gave up and dug them out. I also get night shade in one pasture this year.. such a pain ! Be sure to rake up the dead plants !
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post #18 of 19 Old 09-22-2013, 05:16 AM
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Burrs can 'seed' themselves into the ground and stay dormant for quite a while and then with the correct weather .. grow very lush.. !
Does seem that way. Around here, the summers are usually pretty dry, the grass suffers, and the cockel burrs grow like crazy and take over if you don't spray them. This year was very wet and as much as that was bad for getting anything done outside, the grass has been great all summer (and still is) and we have very few burrs in the pasture.

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post #19 of 19 Old 09-27-2013, 06:59 PM
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Mowing doesn't seem to really help, our pasture was mowed a few times this summer and now the burdocks just grow lower grrr

Hoping that next summer ours either gets tilled under and replanted with grass/mix or corn, corn would be a pain as it would be 2 years but even less weeds being kept out an extra year like that
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