It has been a severe 5+ year drought in Southwest Oklahoma. As Pasture and native grasses suffer and struggle to survive, ponds and creeks go dry I have found myself fighting many weeds that are normally not a serious problem in this area.
Ragweed, sliver leaf nightshade, devils claw, plains coreopsis, and bind weed seem to thrive under these supper dry conditions.
Cows, donkeys, horses, even goats will not eat most of these undesirable weeds. So, I have been conducting chemical warfare using mostly 2-4-D. I’m not a big fan of any of the man made herbicides. However 2-4-D is a selective broad leaf herbicide that is not to hard on any type of grass plants but works well in killing ‘most’ broad leaf weeds.
Developed in the 1940’s I only buy 2-4-D manufactured by Dow company. They produce a very clean 2-4-D that does not contain any of the dangerous dioxins found in the 2-4-D products imported from Chinese companies selling 2-4-D on the U.S. markets.
Most of the notorious weeds are in full bloom now and are easier to kill at this stage of growth preventing them from developing viable seeds.
As soon as I get a good kill I will hook on to my 7 foot shredder deck and set it’s cutting height at about 6 inches and top cut what little grass there is and top cut my weed crop.
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