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Michael Cox
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Our field has been becoming more and more heavily over run with thistles, and this spring the problem looked to be particularly bad. A few years ago we probably would have sprayed, but I have been hunting around for a better solution.

I found a few tit-bits of info that were helpful...

Thistles do well in pasture that has been overgrazed particularly in winter or early spring.


Our pasture has definitely been overgrazed. A neighbour runs his sheep on there and took them off a week ago. The grass is eaten right down a there are clear gaps between plants. Thistle seedlings are finding it east to get established. Not much use for this year but a lesson learned for next.

The best thing I found was a brilliantly designed weed puller that uses clever leverage to grip the plant at the root/crown and pull it up smoothly. We had a go with it yesterday and pulled well over 500 plants in a little over an hour. It copes with all sizes from massive to seedlings and generally gets a large chunk of the roots, or all of it in the case of the seedlings. I wouldn't want to try to do the whole field at once with it, but you could definitely get through the 6 acres or so doing half an hour at a time.



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Dale Hodgins
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I've seen very old versions of this. I've never weeded a lawn in my 49 years and don't plan to start. If I were to decide to weed, I'd get a pointed hoe that does it in one stroke. hoe a bunch, then pick them up.
 
Michael Vormwald
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This looks pretty cool. Some weeds don't matter that much but Canadian Thistle is a gnarly pricker and especially in the lawn, needs to go. I think I just might get one of these!
THANKS for the post.
 
Michael Cox
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Michael,

I've used it ALOT more since then. It is strangely addictive. We are dealing with a serious infestation in our field, which appears to be mostly seedlings rather than spreading by roots. It works a treat on them if they are not too old, and often pulls up 8 inches of intact root system. I'd much rather not have to do this by hand, but without goats we don't seem to have much of a choice.

Mike
 
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