Sticky Weed, Sticky Willy, Velcro Weed

Bryan ScottMarch 19, 2012

I wanted to post about something that is taking my neighborhood with a vengence- a weed known as Sticky Weed (and other names too). It's a weed that just about grips you if you touch it or get it on you. Over the last two weeks, I had a large tree bed that I had cleared out and sticky weed invaded the area and now I have a solid tree bed of over a foot high bed of this very think, tangling, sticky weed! It's a pain in the rear to chop down with the weed eater, as it just tangles up on the weed eater's head, and, you can't really completely mow it becuase it mats down. I'm a little worried about it as the goobers next door have a huge backyard full of it and it's coming through my fence. I'm starting to see shoots of it coming up in my lawn near this area.

So, if any of you have been dealing with this weed- what have you tried besides hand pulling it? Besides it's fast spreading nature, I've read up on some discussion on how this stuff, when it comes in contact with skin can cause sever rash breakout. Although we did not know it at the time, I think my mom came in contact with it in her lawn and had a rash on her arms and legs for a couple weeks after she had worked clearing beds in her back yard. She remembers cleaning out a bunch of this junk.

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hortster(6a, southcentral KS)

Bedstraw, Galium aparine.
hortster

    Bookmark   March 19, 2012 at 5:02PM
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hortster(6a, southcentral KS)

If you don't want to apply herbicides to control it, try mowing at a low height.
hortster

    Bookmark   March 19, 2012 at 5:06PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Luckily it doesn't bother my skin. We spent about 15 mins raking over the weekend and got most of it up - enough to fill a 55 gallon barrel. It rakes right out of the grass and other plants and the clumps of it stick to the rake. Just kick them off with your shoe. After we did that, it looked so much better we decided the mowing could wait another week.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2012 at 6:01PM
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Bryan Scott

Thanks for the input. I did try mowing at the lowest height so we'll how that does. One other thing I thought of trying is spraying at 15% vinegar on it (like using roundup). We'll see.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2012 at 10:06AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

If it makes you feel any better, it should be about finished. It comes up right away, sets seed, then is gone until next spring. Just try to get them before the seeds mature and fall, or you'll have it even heavier next year.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2012 at 11:58AM
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morz8(Washington Coast Z8b)

If you havent used it, spraying with 15% vinegar isn't quite like spraying with Roundup - it can actually be more dangerous for the applicator. Roundup can cause temporary redness, tearing, pain in eyes, and may irritate skin of some using it. 15% vinegar can cause permanent corneal damage, and visible burns on skin....use with caution and the correct protective gear please.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2012 at 9:04PM
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Bryan Scott

Update: I was a little nervous using the high percentage vinegar around my trees (and myself), so I tried using a mixture of dish soap (as a sticking agent) and regular vinegar you get at the grocery store. A week after spraying and temps in the 80's, it fried the sticky weed and now I'm in the process of just raking the dead stuff out.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2012 at 9:22AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Shortening its' lifespan by... a few days?

    Bookmark   May 8, 2012 at 10:22AM
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jjrjonesum(8)

I just raked all of it out of my yard. Can I compost it or should i just get rid of it?

    Bookmark   March 20, 2014 at 11:03AM
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lespcm06

I use a hard metal rake to get as much as I can BEFORE it seeds. Last year I mowed it and it came back with a vengeance! The rake really does a good job, no chemicals, no vinegar! Important...BEFORE it seeds. Next year should be easier!

    Bookmark   last Saturday at 1:31PM
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