The initial post is nearly a year old, and we are slowly getting control of the burr problem. I did get overwhelmed with them and by them, so rather than attacking the whole thing I have been slowly clearing areas.
A combination of cut and burn, and some spraying is turning the tide slowly. I now have the yard and the closest turn out areas nearly sorted, but still have a battle ahead, hopefully by this time next year we will be burr free!
Good for you! May I suggest having a burr-free party. We did when we cleaned out my lease land. Had lots of cruchy food, a friend ordered in some "cactus juice" (whatever that is, but we thought it qualified as prickly), and had the neighbors over! Motivated a couple of them to tackle their problems making my battle even easier. :)
I can never understand why, when burrs are growing in a field that you do not go out and cut them down and dig the root.
You spend more time cleaning them from their manes and tails than it would take to clear them as they grow.
Because, if you had read an earlier post we took on a farm covered with them, and I'm sorry but we have to make a living farming the place as well as clearing 200 odd acres close in of Burrs.
I nearly won the 3rd year we were here, was definitely seeing a light at the end of the tunnel, then I was laid up for a long time and they took over again, see this
Every tree line, every hedge has burrs in it, the green triangle bit on the right hand side goes to the 100 odd acres, that remains of the horse empire. No matter how much of the field you clear the trees and bushes that are between 2 fences just sprouts the damn stuff, and I have to be careful spraying because I don't want to kill my trees, and the horses LOVE to shove their heads through and eat in there.
I love the idea of the clean up party, it needs something like that otherwise it's kind of like the 4th bridge here, as fast as you get to one end you are starting all over again.
So yes, I get that getting rid of them would get rid of the problem, but it aint that easy