cheap timberland boots for women How to Get Rid of Goathead Weeds
Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 4 to 11. One of the most undesirable traits of goathead is the dangerous, sharp seedpods it produces. The small burrs puncture bicycle tires, harm people, pets, and may poison livestock. Goathead has dense foliage, so it is easy for the burrs to hide until they are dispersed by attaching to the feathers, fur and feet of animals, and the clothing, tires and shoes of people. For minor infestations, you need only to remove plants and burrs. If the goathead has taken over large areas, it may be necessary to till the land and use chemical control.1Grasp the top of the taproot, and slowly pull the goathead up with a twisting motion. You’ll want to pull up goathead before or during flowering. Goathead germinates in the spring and summer, and it starts flowering within three weeks of germination. For severely infested areas, till the top 1 inch of the soil when the goathead plants are seedlings.
2Collect burrs by hand with heavy duty gloves. Discard the burrs in a plastic bag. For severely infested areas, pick up burrs by patting the ground with a small piece of carpet.
3Apply 3 inches of organic mulch to infested areas. Mulch will block out light and prevent goathead seeds from germinating. However, if a burr falls onto the surface of the mulch, it will germinate.1Treat infested areas with a pre emergent herbicide containing the active ingredient benefin, oryzalin or trifluralin. Depending on the herbicide, the best time to treat goathead infestations is late winter to spring. Herbicides have varying strengths, forms and ingredients, so carefully follow the label instructions for the correct timing, mixing and method of application.
2Spray emergent goathead with a post emergent herbicide containing the active ingredient glyphosate. Glyphosate will kill or severely injure any plants, so use it carefully around landscape plants. Since glyphosate is so effective at killing plants, it should only be used as a spot treatment.
3Treat infested areas with a post emergent herbicide containing the active ingredient 2,4 D or dicamba. Post emergent herbicides are most effective on young plants. As with pre emergent herbicides, follow the label instructions for the correct timing, mixing and method of application.
Things You Will Need Plastic bag Heavy duty gloves Organic mulch Pre emergent herbicide Post emergent herbicide
Warning Wear protective gear while handling herbicides. Safety glasses, a long sleeved shirt, pants, socks and chemical resistant footwear are the safest attire. Do not allow any animals to come in contact with herbicides.