Burdock is one of the most common weeds in pasture. It grows very fast and it spreads quickly. It is not uncommon to see it covering entire fields. However, there are ways to control it without having to use chemicals or herbicides. One way is to grow some other grasses instead of burdock. Another method is to use a weed killer like Roundup.
The following are some tips for controlling common burdock weeds:
1) If you have a large area where you want to manage common burdock, then consider growing something else instead of burdock.
You may even need to add another acre or two just so that your lawn doesn’t look barren after all the boughs fall off the trees!
2) Use a weed killer like Roundup.
This will kill the burdock but it won’t do much damage to the rest of your plants. A good alternative would be to mix in some of these foliar sprays from our store:
3) If you don’t want to use any chemical at all, then try using a broom handle or rake to sweep up the fallen leaves and dead stems from your field.
Do this as often as you can. Though the burdock will try to recover, it’s unlikely that it can grow back before new dead leaves fall off the trees.
Whenever possible, use common sense whenever dealing with weeds. For example, it would be wise to avoid planting any plants where an infestation is taking place. Also, if you are having a hard time ridding your garden of any particular weed, then you may need to think about changing your strategy. For example, if you have clover taking over your garden, try roto-tilling the area instead of just trying to pull out the clovers.
BEFORE USING ANY CHEMICALS, PLEASE READ THE LABEL AND FOLLOW ALL SAFETY PRECAUTIONS!
Sources & references used in this article:
Common burdock (Arctium minus): a common weed of nonarable land in Orestiada, Greece by CA Damalas, C Alexoudis… – … Plant Protection Journal, 2015 – content.sciendo.com
Probabilities of survival and reproduction relative to rosette size in the common burdock (Arctium minus: Compositae) by RS Gross, PA Werner – American Midland Naturalist, 1983 – JSTOR
Toxicology and pharmacology of sodium ricinoleate by GA Burdock, IG Carabin, JC Griffiths – Food and Chemical Toxicology, 2006 – Elsevier
Effects of burdock extract preparation on gastric mucosal protection. by FA Chen, SC Lee, HR Chao, WC Fu, MC Hsu… – Asian Journal of …, 2009 – cabdirect.org
Burdocks in Saskatchewan by VL Harms – Blue Jay, 2001 – bluejayjournal.ca
Weed Hosts for Onion Thrips (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) and Their Potential Role in the Epidemiology of Iris Yellow Spot Virus in an Onion Ecosystem by EA Smith, A Ditommaso, M Fuchs… – Environmental …, 2011 – academic.oup.com
Fundamentals of weed science by RL Zimdahl – 2018 – books.google.com
Noxious Weed Management Plan by P County – Prepared in, 1999 – larimer.org
Identifying weed species hosts for onion thrips (Thrips tabaci Lindeman) and their potential as sources of Iris yellow spot virus (Bunyaviridae: Tospovirus) in New York … by E Smith – 2010 – ecommons.cornell.edu