Diplomatic Approach

Posted Thursday, April 17, 2008, at 8:50 AM
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  • We have the same problem here and the only thing i can say is it will continue to grow and grow and the only thing you can do is good old manual labor. Thats what we have to use and it pays off good. Trust me.

    -- Posted by Outlawf150 on Thu, Apr 17, 2008, at 4:14 PM
  • Fun to catch up on the blog--a few weeks behind. Lots of good stuff as usual. Curiously, reminds me of the book that made Provence, France famous "A Year in Provence"!! You've got your first season of writing almost done!:)

    -- Posted by Andela Taylor on Thu, Apr 17, 2008, at 5:26 PM
  • GEEZ -- A book already yet.

    How about a title of

    HIGH PLAINS HILLBILLY

    aka City Slicker

    One drastic approach to getting rid of the weeds somewhat permanently.

    Probably cheaper in the long run.

    Hire a real farmer neighbor with equipment as large as he can effectively operate on the five-acre farmstead without knocking down buildings and trees.

    Have him scrape, blade, dig the top six inches of soil (including most of the weed roots) and "windrow" it into large piles.

    Apply pre-emergence herbicide before scraping, as the windrow is accumulating and on the finished windrow.

    LET IT SIT FOR AS LONG AS IT TAKES FOR WEEDS TO STOP SPROUTING.

    Apply an application of pre-emergence herbicides

    Immediately work the bare ground into a decent seed bed, apply another round of pre-emergence herbicide. Let the entire area sit until the herbicide is gone and plant desirable grass seed, alfalfa, lespedezas, clovers or even lawn and turf grasses.

    It is either something on this scale, or fight weeds non-stop for the next ten years.

    This approach WILL REQUIRE hand labor digging out the top six inches around buildings and fences, trees and posts.

    The option is to fight weeds every week and month in perpetuity, until you decide to do something drastic --

    such as hiring a farmer neighbor to bring in the equipment, remove the top six inches of soil , etc.

    Probably the neighbor whose land is surrounding the farmstead would be willing to work cheap in order to end your week incubator.

    -- Posted by bigsurmac on Fri, Apr 18, 2008, at 5:00 AM
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    Thanks for the comments and suggestions. Bigsurmac, thanks especially for the detailed suggestion. HPH

    -- Posted by Brian Hoag on Sun, Apr 20, 2008, at 6:30 AM
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