Any Amature or Professional Horticulturist here?

Discussion in 'The Thunderdome' started by MWR, Oct 11, 2017.

  1. MWR

    MWR Contributor

    Just a question about a weed. This is a Cockle Burr I pulled up yesterday. The plant was around 3 inches tall. These guys had about overtaken my garden a few years ago and so I went to war against them. Evidently their seeds are able to last 2 years. Three years ago, I began to eradicate them, but there was to many of them. Last year, it was nip and tuck but I thought I had prevailed. I pulled them up and burnt them. I laid the disk harrow to them. I mowed them. This year, I had more than I expected, but so far none have made seed. Until now.

    In the summer, these plants will grow to about knee high before they make seeds. A plant that size is not difficult to spot and remove, unless your garden is over run with weeds. But as the end of growing season nears, these plants only grow about 3 inches tall before they commence to grow burrs. Does anyone here have any ideas, theories or knowledge as to how or why they do this?

  2. JayVols

    JayVols Walleye Catchin' Moderator


    Spray your garden now with this pre-emergent herbicide. Turn it after 3 or 4 weeks, spray again.

    Do this 3 or 4 times over the winter & that should take care of it. Note: 2-4D will hare-lip corn and many other garden plants, so be sure to allow enough time for it to go inert before you plant this coming spring. You probably need to treat the area around your garden too in order to get wind-borne seeds.

    That's what I would try. The whole burning thing seems too scattershot for me.
  3. fl0at_

    fl0at_ Humorless, asinine, joyless pr*ck

    Misread the first line as "Just a question about weed."

    Carry on. Nothing to delete here.
  4. Volst53

    Volst53 Super Moderator

    Cover crops
  5. justingroves

    justingroves supermod

    The sons of [itch bay]es stick to my pants, that's all I know about them
  6. MWR

    MWR Contributor

    They are tough. I was just wondering if anyone knew why they make seeds when they are only a couple of inches tall when cold weather nears.

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