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    05-01-2012, 10:08 PM
Vinegar is safe and will kill any plant, only if the plant has a deep established root it may come back. I don't know anything about buttercups. However, if you want them all gone fast, use plain white vinegar, then work on making your soil less favorable for the buttercups. However, vinegar will kill ANY plant. So, if you soak with vinegar it will kill everything. Then you can start over, work on making the soil less favorable to them and then replanting grass. Maybe at least if they grow back out they will be in small enough patches they can be pulled up and removed by hand.
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    05-01-2012, 10:42 PM
We used it on briars, poison ivy, honeysuckle.....takes a while to see it do it's thing but it works. Again, the extention agent can recommend what is best for your problems and your area. Use them or the Government will think they aren't a necesary agency and they may be gone! Our agents are extremely helpful.
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    05-01-2012, 10:52 PM
Originally Posted by jphshs    
We use 2-4-D also and it will get rid of them. You may have to spray the area a couple of consecutive years to get them for good. You can graze back on this chemical pretty soon after spraying. Maybe you could divide your pasture and do it in sections.
From the Ag Coop Extension article I read...

For non-lactating animals (horses) there
Are no grazing restrictions for any of the herbicides
With the exception of Roundup. However, it
May be advisable to remove horses for 1 to 3 days
From a pasture treated with herbicides.
    05-02-2012, 09:21 PM
AengusOg- SweeneyRoad -I forgot lime this spring DOH! Thanks, it is on the honey do list.

Maura- The soil sample goes in tomorrow. I totally forgot the extension agent. I am doing some temporary fencing this weekend.
We have only been here since the fall. When we moved in the pasture was grown up over my head (5'3") with weeds. We cleared it, fertilized it, and have hand pulled weeds all fall, winter, and spring so far. I cut it every other week with the lawn mower. It keeps it down some, tears up the briar patch, and when I lower the blade the bagger spreads poop pretty well.

Smokeslastspot- To true about the worse weeds. I can get lime pretty cheap, so no biggie. I totally over looked doing the pasture when I did the yard last fall. I fertilized the pasture, but no lime.

Daeraelle- I hadn't heard that about the vinegar. Will it draw more flies?

PaintHorseMares- Thanks for looking that up :) I am seriously thinking about the vinegar for weed killing. It is cheap enough to try on a large scale, if it works GREAT! If not, well at least maybe I killed some fungus laying in the ground.
    05-02-2012, 09:42 PM
I think vinegar is a deterant to a lot of things. It isn't toxic so if your horse does take a nibble it won't hurt. I don't think it would attract anything. It kills off the plant above ground and shallow roots. White vinegar has been used as a green herbicide for a while. It also will kill off all the grass and any other plants it gets on. I haven't used it myself, and I don't know how long you would wait to reseed with grass.
    05-02-2012, 10:26 PM
We have limed and mowed the field already this Spring, and we still have the little boogers!
    05-02-2012, 10:50 PM
Thanks, and I will ask about the ground pending the outcome of the soil test. How long does it actually take for the test results? I will get it limed in the mean time. I need to do the yard again anyways.
    05-02-2012, 11:13 PM
Roos, lime isn't a quick fix. I've heard estimates of 1 -3 years before spread lime actually changes the soil chemistry.

And once you have them, besides the lime and fertilizer, you have to either rest or rotate the pasture to give the desirable grasses to out compete them.

Horses don't eat them unless they're desparate, so if the pasture is grazed, the good grasses will continue to be pressured and the buttercups and other weeds will flourish.
    05-03-2012, 12:14 PM
Originally Posted by maura    
Horses don't eat them unless they're desparate, so if the pasture is grazed, the good grasses will continue to be pressured and the buttercups and other weeds will flourish.
We did overgraze it in the fall last year. Fencing wasn't in the budget, and I won't touch the emergency fund. I honestly didn't even think of stressing it. Hmm what is it they say about hind sight... Temporary fencing it is till this recovers enough to eradicate them without leaving a mud bog if it rains.
    05-03-2012, 04:07 PM
Usually horses won't touch buttercups as they are extremely bitter (if the horse is starving they might try to eat them ,but that is probably not your case :) )

routine mowing a fields is good management against weeds. It doesn't have to be mowed low, but mowed often.

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