Alabama's war on Cogongrass

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by ksJoe, Sep 23, 2009.

  1. ksJoe

    ksJoe LawnSite Senior Member
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    I saw this and thought it might be of interest here....

    Alabama is using some stimulus money to try to eradicate Cogongrass.

    Article in NY Times
    Map of Cogongrass distribution

     
  2. Marcos

    Marcos LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,720

    Whew!...just for a second I thought that was a typo, and that Alabama was declaring war on the US Congress! :laugh:
     
  3. JShe8918

    JShe8918 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Cogon Grass is a huge problem here in alabama. It can kill trees that are less than 10 years old easily. It doesn't spread threw seeds or anything like that but through it's complex root system. I have waded threw cogan that was up to my neck and i am 6'2. It has a serrated blade edge and an off center stem. Timber companies are paying BIG dollars to have this stuff killed. It is a big business around here. I know a guy that sprays 3 days a week on this one property he has been on for 3 weeks. He sprays threw 400 gallons easily per day. And nets un thought of amounts of money for the work. But it is dangerous. Snakes, bees, hornet, yellow jackets, many dangers.
     
  4. ksJoe

    ksJoe LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 674

    So... you confused the US Congress with an obnoxious weed that goes where it isn't welcome, is nearly unstoppable by human means, is so convinced of its own superiority that it chokes out all alternatives, stopping all other productive activity, and leaving the area entirely dependent on it for growth?

    How does that have anything to do with Congress? :confused:
     
  5. Marcos

    Marcos LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,720

    Think about it for a moment, ks.
    The following does sort of makes sense :laugh::

    U.S Congress:
    1) 'Goes' where it isn't welcome
    2) Is so convinced of its own superiority that it chokes out all alternatives
    3) Stops all other productive activity, leaving the area entirely dependent on it for growth
     
  6. Grandview

    Grandview LawnSite Gold Member
    from WI
    Posts: 3,251

    Another example of why the stimulus bill failed to stimulate the economy.
     
  7. Marcos

    Marcos LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,720

    Sorry I threw your train of the tracks, ksjoe! :waving:

    Now, on with.... "Cogon Grass is a huge problem here in Alabama".
     

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