I hate burrs

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This is a rant, I hate burrs, I'm tired of having to take them out of my hair, off my clothes etc., we are overrun with them. If I'm not in a hurry I don't mind getting knots out of shoe strings or necklaces, I even enjoy untangling yarn, but I hate burrs. The cats have them too. They make me itch. Thank you for listening. Maybe you have something you need to rant about.

-- Cindy (S.E.IN) (atilrthehony@countrylife.net), November 16, 2001


Hi Cindy - Wasn't there a thread on CS awhile ago about pure (or even diluted) white vinegar poured on the young cocklebur plants that killed them? Maybe worth a try... they ARE tiresome. Or perhaps salt sprinkled over the young plants - I heard that killed even poison ivy. Good luck!

-- Bonnie (chilton@stateline-isp.com), November 16, 2001.

Vinegar will kill thistles and salt water, from an ice cream maker-or otherwise will kill poison ivy. Thanks Bonnie

-- Cindy (S.E.IN) (atilrthehony@countrylife.net), November 16, 2001.

Cindy, you are just going to have to get the lawn mower out! I know you have all kinds of time now building and all to do that!! ha ha!

-- Barb in Ky (bjconthefarm@yahoo.com), November 16, 2001.

Goats , goats and more goats.

-- Patty {NY State} (fodfarms@slic.com), November 16, 2001.

I don't think goats will do the job. I remember reading somewhere that young cocklebur plants were toxic and I've never seen my goats eating them. I just pull or mow them where I find them. Good luck getting rid of them.

-- marilyn (rainbow@ktis.net), November 17, 2001.

Hey, I missed this one until now!!! As to the goats, I think it depends on the type of burrs. I have this stuff here called burr clover, looks very nice until it turns into giant mats of small burrs, but there isn't a single one in the goat areas. Marilyn made me recall that!!! I know mine have also been rather fond of the large purple flowering burrs. Prior to the flowers falling off. If they are poisonous, it might be later in teir season.

I know what you mean about them getting in and on everything. This clover is low to the ground and mowing doesn't do a thing. I read recently that fertilizer is supposed to help, and that may be part of their abscence on the goat pens as well. My dogs get so matted with them it is just terrible.

-- Doreen (bisquit@here.com), December 11, 2001.

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