August 25, 2010
Russian thistle, anyone?
So, we got out the big gun in the form of the John Deere tractor and Dan spent the morning scraping the driveway and the old horse pens, where the thistles were the thickest. I pulled them along the drive and in some of the vegetation. These plants are maddening: they branch off at soil level and are brittle, so pulling them up root and all is difficult. And some of these puppies are 4 feet tall, with 5 major branches each! Hopefully we are late enough in the season to not induce major regrowth, and before total seed development and dispersal.
We did our best, and Dan will go back later this week and torch the piles. Next year we will go the Preen route, and reinforce with Roundup where needed. I wonder how much Preen this is going to require?