[NAFEX] Vinegar Herbicide?/burdock

del stubbs pinewoodel at hotmail.com
Sun May 25 14:22:24 EDT 2003

>Does anyone know the proper percentage of vinegar to use as a herbicide on
>burdock? Tom

When we bought our 160 it should have been called 'burdock acres', it was 
pastured for 90 years prior to us. Where our garden and part of orchard is 
now - the soil was so rich the burdock was 10' high and stalks big as my 
arm., it was like a forest. It took the bulldozer to clear a patch. Being a 
biennial it is easy to control by mowing. We were quite concerned the way it 
was taking over the mixed hardwood forest floor and shading out native stuff 
- our first 4 years it doubled its territory every year till about 40 acres 
was pretty bad. But we see a natural turn around now - as the sod slowly 
takes over it can't compete. It took off at first because there were no 
longer cattle to trample or eat the young shoots in the spring,but the 
disturbed ground it loves was everywhere.
One area in the new orchard has 2 year old apples and ribes - if I dont mow 
soon in the spring the plants are completely hidden - however I do not till 
where it is because the countless seeds are mostly on top of the ground - so 
I let them germinate each year then kill by mowing. Hopefully this burdock 
seed bank will run low on funds before too many years.
Del Stubbs  www.pinewoodforge.com  ag zone2/3

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