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Old 06-11-2014, 10:12 PM
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pulling them out manually is the easiest, cheapest and quickest method, they come out very easy
you will be doing that forever. I have two properties that were infested as bad as this. Tell your client its a small charge every time you spray and bring quickpro ( spiked with a touch of mecamine) with you every week. Any thistle near plants, step on them and bend away from plant when you spray. Takes about a season if you stay on top of it and your clients will love you for it.
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Old 06-11-2014, 10:42 PM
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you will be doing that forever. I have two properties that were infested as bad as this. Tell your client its a small charge every time you spray and bring quickpro ( spiked with a touch of mecamine) with you every week. Any thistle near plants, step on them and bend away from plant when you spray. Takes about a season if you stay on top of it and your clients will love you for it.
Around here they come right up. Not something I'll advertise, but if the clients specially wants it pulled and can afford it, no problem.
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Old 06-12-2014, 09:10 PM
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Respray promptly when it comes up again. FX2 is fine. Be careful you do not overdose with a product like a three way which contains dicamba--root absorbed--but--it might kill the shrubbery. Also, perhaps the limit of twice per year for 2,4-D would be surpassed --if the law applies to this situation. Since this is not a lawn area Roundup or Prosecuter is also a good bet.

http://www.ag.ndsu.nodak.edu/invasiv...%20thistle.htm

Dicamba, and clorpyrilid are particularly effective--but limitations apply. Plan to spray at two week intervals and plan for hand weeding around shrubbery for an addition 10 to 15 minutes each time. Myself I would not worry about toxic dust due to string trimmer--but you could always wet it down first.

I recently tried spraying glyphosate around a patch of weeds with a plastic bag protecting the plants in the center. Worked fine.

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Old 06-12-2014, 09:19 PM
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I have to be honest, bending the plants down by stepping on them is fool-proof. Sounds silly but all of the landscaping (combined is over 23 yrds of mulch) never lost a plant. Both homeowners were both considering complete tear out and new install because the problem was so bad.
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