Pasture full of briers, Help!

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by mosmgras, Jun 17, 2005.

  1. mosmgras

    mosmgras LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Messages: 270

    Hey guys, I got a question...

    Got this customer with a pasture (about 5 acres) thats overgrown with briers. Not the little ones either. I mean thick, thorny briers. I've mowed it several times and the briers come back every time. The customer wants the pasture to stand in nothing but grass. What do I do? Is there a product that will kill the briers and not the grass? Will I have to round-up all five acres and start over? Any information will be greatly appreciated. Thanks
  2. jbell113

    jbell113 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 654

    Rent a bush hog and with regular maintenance it should take care of it.
  3. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,180

    I would round up the whole thing and start over. Is it really bumpy? If so I would round up... wait til it dies off then till it with a big tractor and blade it then seed it. If your not licensed to spray(sounds like you may not be) then sub it out. I'm not sure if 2, 4 D will take out briars. There may be a selective herbicide for em.
  4. TurfProSTL

    TurfProSTL LawnSite Senior Member
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  5. muddstopper

    muddstopper LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,341

    If you want to go organic try mowing/bushhoging and placing a couple of goats in the pasture.
  6. williamslawn

    williamslawn LawnSite Member
    from SC
    Messages: 202

    Try Cimarron by DuPont. It is labeled for pastures.
  7. SproulsLawnCare

    SproulsLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    from IN
    Messages: 365

    I think briers would be considered a broad leaf plant. Try a broad leaf herbicide on a few plants and see if it works. If so it would be easy to spray it all and only take out briers and weeds and not harm the grasses.
  8. mosmgras

    mosmgras LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Messages: 270

    Thanks guys, I think that I'll try the broad leaf herbicide and see what happens.
  9. all ferris

    all ferris LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,309

    be careful if their are animals grazing in this pasture. I don't want to be eating any pesticide filled cow meat.
  10. Lawn Sharks

    Lawn Sharks LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 394

    You will need more than two goats. Find someone with about 100 and put them on five acres for a couple of months. After they eat all the easy stuff they will nip off any new leaves on the briars until it eventually dies from the beating.

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