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Asked by
Janet Watkins on
May 9, 2014

Q. How to get rid of sandburrs or stickers in my yard?

It’s grass that has 3 or more stickers on each stem and there is more each year.

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
May 10, 2014
A.

I feel your pain. Literally. I live in Florida, and I've always called them "devil plants." The best way I've found to defeat them is to dig them up, put them in a plastic bag, and throw into the garbage. It takes awhile, but eventually you beat them back. Here's an article on some other methods: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/organic/homemade-pet-friendly-weed-killer.htm

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Asked by
Bret Misak on
October 20, 2017

Q. Sandbur control.

Hello. Bret Misak here. We have a house in south central Kansas on ten acres. I have been fighting these sandbur for a couple years now. For the first year I sprayed round up all summer. Sounded like a good idea at the time. They were everywhere. This year I sprayed pre emergent triflurex early spring and mid summer. I have sprayed MSMA three times throughout this summer. The first time I mixed 2 Oz per gallon. Second time 3 Oz per gallon. Third time 4 Oz per gallon. Every time it appears they have died. They turn yellow and brown and look like they are really dead. A month later the plant starts turning green and growing again. It’s unbelievable. Driving me crazy. Is there any other chemicals to use that may work better or am I maybe mixing my chemicals wrong? Any help would be greatly appreciated. I would like to over seed it all to Bermuda in the spring but then I can’t do the pre emergent.

Answered by
BushDoctor on
October 20, 2017
Certified Expert
A.

I would try to pour boiling water directly on the plant and root zones. This is a sure way to kill them and the seeds on contact. You will have to continue doing this as they emerge to kill them all off. This will ensure that you do not have to use chemical means.

Here is an article for more information on the plant: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/weeds/controlling-sandbur-weeds.htm

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Asked by
Bret Misak on
October 20, 2017

Q. Sandbur control.

Hello. Bret Misak here. We have a house in south central Kansas on ten acres. I have been fighting these sandbur for a couple years now. For the first year I sprayed round up all summer. Sounded like a good idea at the time. They were everywhere. This year I sprayed pre emergent triflurex early spring and mid summer. I have sprayed MSMA three times throughout this summer. The first time I mixed 2 Oz per gallon. Second time 3 Oz per gallon. Third time 4 Oz per gallon. Every time it appears they have died. They turn yellow and brown and look like they are really dead. A month later the plant starts turning green and growing again. It’s unbelievable. Driving me crazy. Is there any other chemicals to use that may work better or am I maybe mixing my chemicals wrong? Any help would be greatly appreciated. I would like to over seed it all to Bermuda in the spring but then I can’t do the pre emergent.

Answered by
BushDoctor on
October 20, 2017
Certified Expert
A.

I would try to pour boiling water directly on the plant and root zones. This is a sure way to kill them and the seeds on contact. You will have to continue doing this as they emerge to kill them all off. This will ensure that you do not have to use chemical means.

Here is an article for more information on the plant: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/weeds/controlling-sandbur-weeds.htm

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Asked by
sharon lara on
February 25, 2018

Q. will sandbur herbicides affect almond and pecan trees

My pecan and almond orchard is inundated with sandburs. Would you suggest growning white clover and dichondra? Would the sandbur herbicides affect the growth of the almond and pecan trees?

Answered by
BushDoctor on
February 25, 2018
Certified Expert
A.

Typically these will not affect trees. They are for broadleaf plants, and will not harm a large tree. You can grow clover, as it will likely outcompete the sandburrs.

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Asked by
Oozymarty on
March 22, 2018

Q. Sticker burs

Sticker burs, and how do you get rid of them?

Answered by
BushDoctor on
March 23, 2018
Certified Expert
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This article will give you information on controlling burrs: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/weeds/controlling-sandbur-weeds.htm

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