Agave attack

pennyhal(11Sunset23)March 9, 2012

I really never intended to get an agave, but they seemed to be the right plant for the spot that I needed filling. So I was tending to them and saw that some cute little weeds were starting to sprout around the base of the plants. I decided to reach in there and pull them out. That was my mistake. As it was such a close area I thought I'd be able to just grab them with my fingers. Wrong. What I got was jabbed, poked, impaled, scratched, and gave up. Wicked plants they are. So how do you get the weeds out from around those plants with sharp teeth? How do you get in between leaves or around the base to grab those weeds without getting mutilated?

Penny

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rosemariero6(z10 /ss24 So. Calif.)

Long handled tong tweezers!!!!

    Bookmark   March 9, 2012 at 7:50PM
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TT, zone 5b MA

"How do you get in between leaves or around the base to grab those weeds without getting mutilated?"

Very carefully...;-).

Gloves?

    Bookmark   March 9, 2012 at 11:24PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

Gloves , long sleeved shirts, GOGGLES, long handled hemostats are the best. Go well armed, and armored

    Bookmark   March 10, 2012 at 12:09PM
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pennyhal(11Sunset23)

Hmmmm. I see some of you have some experience with this beast. I didn't wear gloves because they were too bulky to get in those tiny spaces. I'll suit up for battle and carry tweezers.

Penny

    Bookmark   March 10, 2012 at 1:36PM
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Stush2049 Pitts. PA, zone 6

I have a long handle pruner. It works great for rose bushes and also hard to get places. It is 5 ft. long and I don't have to bend over to weed. Hard to find. I found them at Harbor Freight. I wish I had a picture of it. Hard to explain.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2012 at 2:54PM
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paracelsus

It's not only the terminal spines and marginal thorns that Agave use to deter molestation, simple contact with a leaf will cause contact dermatitis from ejection of calcium oxalate spicules (about a half mm long SPIKES). That's why a long sleeved shirt is essential. Goggles will save your eyes from terminal spines. Be careful!

Brad

    Bookmark   March 10, 2012 at 3:21PM
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