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chemical to knock down briars?

Unread postby dreaming bucks » Fri Feb 22, 2013 3:59 am

This spring I need to knock down some nasty thick stuff on our land. Since we logged a few years back, it has grown up with briars everywhere, I think some of it is that multi florral rose, and some that is similar to that stuff.

anyway, how can I knock this stuff down, other than cutting it? Is there a good chemical spray to kill that stuff? I just want to make a couple paths for ease of getting to my stand.

any good suggestions?

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Re: chemical to knock down briars?

Unread postby bbrilmyer » Fri Feb 22, 2013 7:19 am

I'm currently using Tordon RTU on the grape vines on my property. Its crazy potent stuff but you will need to open up the plant somehow. For the grapevines I went through with a drill, made a couple holes in each trunk, and then filled those holes with the chemical.

Since thats probably not possible, you could cut them down to the ground and apply the Tordon to the open stump. Or just hack into them with a hatchet and apply it that way. If you can get just a bit of Tordon into them I assure they will die.

I don't know of anything that would work when sprayed. Maybe a really concentrated glyphosate?
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Re: chemical to knock down briars?

Unread postby ONE UP » Fri Feb 22, 2013 10:35 am

I would use Garlon, its fast and easy to use. just spray around the base. I use it to kill buckthorn all the time.
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Unread postby Stanley » Fri Feb 22, 2013 12:05 pm

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Re: chemical to knock down briars?

Unread postby UntouchableNess » Fri Feb 22, 2013 1:13 pm

I use Tordon RTU for treatment of stumps so they don't send up suckers.

For your application, Crossbow comes to mind:

Probably not cheap, but I've gone the cheap route and had to revisit the project a second or third time, so the cost savings wasn't there in the long run.
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Re: chemical to knock down briars?

Unread postby binney59 » Fri Mar 01, 2013 2:39 am

I know you said you would prefer not to cut bit if it gets to that I've had great luck with a straight shaft weedeater and metal blades. We cleared a 1/4 acre spot that was overgrown with brush in not that long if a time. It sucked to carry out all the sticks and debris but I was amazed at how big of vegetation that setup could handle. Good luck!

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Re: chemical to knock down briars?

Unread postby Knute78 » Fri Mar 01, 2013 2:58 am

Garlon X2 or anything with glysophate(sp?). I know there are a few generic versions of Garlin that would bring the price down quite a bit.

Spring is often not the best season to remove invasive or exotic plants via chemical. Plants are generally not doing much uptake in the spring but rather sending nutrient reserves up for plant production. Fall is a much better time for a more consistent kill. Not sure about the plant species you mention but I have always done most of my invasive/exotic species removal late summer into the fall for the best outcome long term.

You could also do a foliage application once the plants leafs are out, I haven't much experience with that but it is an option that also may work.

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