I like to use rock salt for vegetation killer/control. I use the rock salt pellets or make a brine ( rock salt in a barrel and add water to solidify ) mixing every few days to help break it down. I use a watering can or sprayer to apply to my desired area. Hope this helps it works for me on a smaller scale. And if the weeds or vegetation is stubborn I use rock salt directly. Good luck on your journey friend keep on growing........
Paul Ewing wrote:We have a small 10 acre field in the corner of our place that is starting to get overrun with prickly-pear cactus. I know a lot of it is because of soil degradation from overgrazing the native grasses there and am working on controlling the grazing there better but I really want to get the prickly-pear gone again. We didn't have it until a few years ago and it is spreading more each year. The standard answer I get is to use Surmount on it or a mix of a couple other herbicides, but I am trying to cut all chemical fertilizers and herbicides out. Only thing I can think of is a shovel party every few months and burning them.
R Scott wrote:http://www.txideafarm.com/cactuscontrol.htm
To buy this tool sounds expensive for 10 acres, but it is a LOT of steel. Read the description of how it works and maybe you can think of ways to reproduce the results with what you have.
Shovel method works if you have a place to compost the remains, but is labor intensive.
Randy, I've always avoided using salt as an herbicide as 'they' all say it has major, longterm affects on soil biology/plant regeneration etc.
Randy Jones wrote: I like to use rock salt for vegetation killer/control
Bill Ramsey wrote:Crushing instead of chopping?