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Re: ?your area's worst invasive plant?
« Reply #20 on: June 04, 2018, 09:01:25 PM »
Himalayan Blackberry. Total pain in the butt. Starts to overtake everything and will kill small Fir and Cedar trees by overcrowding and literally dragging them to the dirt.

We're just starting to experiment with arial spraying using a DJI drone. My go to is a Bobcat and a brushhog, or a Kubota KX-161 with a flail mower, but the drone gets to places without a trail.

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« Reply #21 on: June 05, 2018, 08:14:35 AM »
That must be a pretty potent herbicide for a small drone to be able to carry enough to be effective. 

In my earlier post, I did not mention the melaleuca and Australian Pines which are pervasive south of where I live by a little. 
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« Reply #22 on: June 05, 2018, 10:47:57 AM »
For me, I fall in the bittersweet category.

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Re: ?your area's worst invasive plant?
« Reply #23 on: June 05, 2018, 12:14:01 PM »
Japanese stilt grass, Microstegium vimineum
Mile-a-minute vin,e Persicaria perfoliata
Smart/Knot weed,  Polygonum sp.
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« Reply #24 on: June 05, 2018, 12:48:06 PM »
Giant salvinia on the lakes and tallow trees are coming on.  South of me , yaupon

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« Reply #25 on: June 05, 2018, 03:09:34 PM »
Multiflora rose & Canadian thistle.  At least the goats eat the rosebushes, so we are making progress.  Sadly, they wonít do more than nip the buds off the thistle.   :(
 
Iíve decided I like autumn olive.  Fixes nitrogen on our poor pastures and puts up leaves early giving forage for our goats.  Itís only recently made it to our area, but I see a lot more now that I know what it is and look for it.  Looking forward to trying the berries this fall.   :)
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« Reply #26 on: June 05, 2018, 04:28:22 PM »
Yup - Autum olive is a healer of the dirt for sure.  I even appreciate my Johnson Grass, learn to manage it and the cows do great on it.  

I don't know about goats but you can get cows to eat thistle, they learn to work it from the bottom up so the points don't jab them, about the same if not more nutrition than alfalfa with that giant tap root.  
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« Reply #27 on: June 05, 2018, 08:35:07 PM »
I forgot to mention Lantana camara (our worst non-native Lantana).  It's green berries are very toxic to animals and people.  The leaves can kill livestock.  I have seen cows that have eaten the leaves and live but most times, the skin under their white hair will sluff off and they will be sick for some time.  This stuff can take over old citrus groves and establishes quickly in pastures.
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« Reply #28 on: June 06, 2018, 06:54:41 AM »
On the autumn olive, we had a berry buyer from NYC here a few years ago who bought about 35,000 lbs of berries and took them up there to make smoothies and other things, I think they were calling them lycoberries, might still have a webpage.  Don't think it took off or at least that was the last of it for here. They are a good antioxidant. One of our extension agents has said "If we ever offer a non native with berries as a wildlife food, RUN!"

I used to have a picture of a before and after of a erosion gulley "saved" by kudzu with the proud agent standing in front of his handiwork ::). I think it swallowed him moments later.

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« Reply #29 on: June 06, 2018, 08:11:20 AM »
I don't know about goats but you can get cows to eat thistle,


That would make sense as we don't see thistle in the pastures, just road ditches and crop fields.  I get along fine with Jonson grass also.

Goats will eat stems on multiflora rose and blackberry up to the size of a pencil, thorns and all, and I call Honey Locust "goat crack" the way they go after it.  However, I think they got to be more selective in the crop fields before planting and only took the buds off the thistles.  I've just been terrified of thistle taking over and have attacked it with gusto.  ;D

About half the invasives I see are great forage looking for something to eat it.  ;)  
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« Reply #30 on: June 06, 2018, 08:50:28 AM »
Privet...privet. The local honeysuckle take up with the privet to make a mess that a rabbit couldn't wiggle through. Have to dig the stuff out, cut it off at ground level, and just makes more sprouts. 
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« Reply #31 on: June 06, 2018, 10:09:46 AM »
I was going to say "yankees" until I reread the title.  :D 8)
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« Reply #32 on: June 06, 2018, 02:43:20 PM »
I would like to see about 500,000 Yankees head down that way. ;D And stay.
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I thought the invasion into Texas was more from the land of fruit and nuts.  
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« Reply #34 on: June 06, 2018, 04:42:18 PM »
Privet...privet. The local honeysuckle take up with the privet to make a mess that a rabbit couldn't wiggle through. Have to dig the stuff out, cut it off at ground level, and just makes more sprouts.
You're right about that.  Honeysuckle and privet together is a bad mess.
Treat those cut privet stumps immediately with anything that has triclopyr and they'll be gone for good.  Spraying the whole mess with some sort of Triclopyr will kill it pretty well too, but it takes more stuff and you're left with a big brown mess.

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« Reply #35 on: June 06, 2018, 04:43:02 PM »
I would like to see about 500,000 Yankees head down that way. ;D And stay.
Our grit wall will keep that from happening.  :D
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« Reply #36 on: June 06, 2018, 05:30:07 PM »
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« Reply #37 on: June 06, 2018, 07:12:51 PM »
multiflora rose (what is the DuPont connection Roxie?)


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« Reply #38 on: June 06, 2018, 09:00:45 PM »
I would like to see about 500,000 Yankees head down that way. ;D And stay.
It has happened before.
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« Reply #39 on: June 09, 2018, 12:03:15 AM »
Around here it's the City Transplant that causes the biggest problems.  
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