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- Suggestion A: I used Roundup, however
using it in greater concentrations isn't the answer.
Patience and persistence is. Roundup is absorbed by the
leaves and is transported to the roots where it does its
job. Anything you can do to facilitate this process will
help. Apply the roundup during periods of intense growth
such as the spring and make sure you reapply after a
rainstorm. Remember to wear protective clothing and wear
a face mask. I also added a spreader sticker to make it
stick better but call Monsanto to find out the best
treatment. Roundup will work but it will take all summer.
Please don't use soil sterilizers as they can pollute
your water table and prevent plant growth sometimes for
- Suggestion B: I have removed bamboo from
my yard in Alabama by frequent (every two weeks) mowing.
I cut the dead material back with a machete and mowed it
with a rotary lawn mower. It did not come back.
- Suggestion C: Try using Roundup, but
only in growth stage. Mix in a handful of ammonia
nitrate, or any good plant food.
- Suggestion A: Blackberries are extremely
hard to get rid of. Mowing several times will help,
however if your land is rather rough and since
blackberries tend to love growing around large obstacles,
this might be hard to do. In the past, I have run cattle.
My land is becoming blackberry, scrub oak, and hickory
infested and I don't care to use chemicals when I can
avoid it. I have changed my operation over to goats. They
will only eat grass when no woody foliage is available.
They love blackberries and all the other
"trash" plants. As a side benefit, their manure
and urine is excellent fertilizer. With the influx of
ethnic groups into the U.S. there has been a very good
market developing for meat goats and so you should have
no trouble marketing them.
- Suggestion B: Run a bush-hog over them
frequently. They will eventually die off.
- Suggestion A: Kudzu does not tolerate
grazing very well. Nip the apical meristem off early in
the year and it will die quick enough. If you have not
noticed, kudzu is not found in grazed pastures, but it is
found in the relatively opened, ungrazed areas around
humanity. Also, a number of herbicides, will kill kudzu.
- Suggestion B: If you want to use land
for pasture, just let them eat Kudzu. Kudzu was
introduced into this country in the 1930's as pasture
fodder crop and soil stabilizer by either USDA or Soil
Conservation Service. Twenty acres of kudzu will nicely
feed 10-20 cows. Kudzu only becomes a problem when it is
not grazed. Overgrazing will kill kudzu. Kudzu is high
protein legume. It fixes nitrogen and actually improves
soil. Roots can be dug and boiled and eaten like
- Suggestion A: Goats are the best thing
for controlling poison oak or ivy. My tribe loves to eat
it. I am very sensitive to poison oak and ivy, having
more than once needed cortisone shots to control my
reaction. I have found that drinking the milk of the
goats browsing on poison oak and ivy seems to severely
lessen and mostly eliminate any reaction from the plant.
When we are not drinking the milk (the 2 months everyone
is dry) I get the rashes (we are surrounded by the plant
wherever the goats don't browse). Watch out for the
garden and fruit trees, the goats will eat that first.
The oils don't affect the goats at all. they really like
to eat the leaves. They will also eat stinging nettles
and the big thistle leaves I can't even grab with gloves
on. Goat lips are amazing things
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