Blady grass eradication

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Blady grass eradication

Hi,

I'm a new member and joined to share information re small farming. I currently have a problem with blady grass in rocky areas (slashing not possible). I have spoken to so many 'experts' and they all have a different opinion. From our experience, burning is the worst possible treatment but spraying normally with 'Roundup' does not seem to work either. Any ideas?

Jewel

Last seen: 09/17/2019 - 18:07
Joined: 11/23/2011 - 09:38

Hi Jewel,

You can eradicate it, but it does take a while. We burnt ours and then when the new shoots came up, and were much more tender than the tough older shoots, we hit them again with Touch Down at one time and at another, with Grazon extra. Worked a treat. It helps to use a surfactant (wetting agent) to help the herbicide stick to the leaves and also penetrate them better. There are several different brands on the market. Glyphosate 360 (Roundup) is not all that effective on blady grass.

One thing to note, is that goats will eat the young shoots, which are quite nutritious, when they come up after burning and so will cattle, but once they are mature, the blades consist of mainly silica and are very indigestable. A word of caution though, don't let the animals in to graze it after spraying before the recommended time. It usually states the withholding time on the container.

Cheers,

Barb

P.S. This afternoon, my friend told me that the product he uses to control Blady Grass and Ratstail Grass (whis is very difficult to control), is Taskforce. All of these products can be obtained at your local rural suppliers as long as they are legal in your state, because some chemical herbicides are illegal in some states.

Last seen: 03/17/2020 - 14:07
Joined: 10/11/2019 - 10:41

In searching for this myself i have discovered that a weedwiper seems to work well. i think this might be due to the small amount of more concentrated chemical they use, and means the Blady grass doesn't stand a chance. Worth looking into if this is still a problem.

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