Cheat grass

david52 Zone 6July 31, 2012

I saw this article today about controlling cheat grass with a biological control - thought I'd post it for all of you who have spent time pulling cheat grass spears out of your socks, dog ears, etc. And if you've ever seen a field of this stuff burn, its like gasoline.

I have an infestation of the stuff in one of my borders and all along the driveway. I swear this stuff is impossible to kill. This spring, when the wee plants were just an inch high, I sprayed with roundup. Twice. They turned red, and shot up seed heads anyway.

Right now, with the rains we've had, next year's crop is up and running already.

Here is a link that might be useful: link to article

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sorie6(6b ok.)

Interesting. It's kink of like when they tried to kill the Tamric tree in Southern Colo. with some kind of beetle because they use up so much water. I never heard how that all came out?

    Bookmark   August 1, 2012 at 8:17PM
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david52 Zone 6

Actually, pretty well. I was driving the Dolores River through Gateway, then up the Colorado east of Grand Junction, and the beetles have done a serious number - about half way up the canyons.

There is some concern now about the loss of bird habitat, but in the over all scheme of things, which seems to be an absolute onslaught of invasive species all over the place, maybe the birds will figure something out.

It remains to be seen if the willow and cottonwood return.

Next up, Russian Olive. And that, by the way, both the bears and raccoons enjoy the berries, so I suspect they're edible.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2012 at 10:51AM
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aquawise(zone 4 Utah)

We have both trees here in central Utah and they are taking over every bit of wetland we have. Foxtail grass and June grass (cheat grass) are a huge problem as well. I spray the grass and control them pretty well, But the others ????? wish there was and easy answer. Now I will go read the link. Thanks Gayla in Utah

    Bookmark   August 4, 2012 at 11:13AM
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