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Which chemical to use to kill bushes and weeds (not grass)?

Discussion in 'Country and Rural Living' started by GFC Firefighter, May 4, 2011.

  1. GFC Firefighter

    GFC Firefighter Blut und Boden Supporting Member

    429
    Jul 14, 2010
    I'm thinking about using some chemicals (not hard because truthfully I don't really like using chemicals but I am going to try it out) around our farm. I want to kill some bushes and weeds along our fence rows, in the yards, and around the farm.

    I don't want it to hurt any trees. I have one tree that sprouts out it's vines but I don't want to kill the tree itself since my grandfather's mother planted it.


    I was thinking about 2,4D. Will this be good for what I want?
     
  2. wjjones

    wjjones Moderator Staff Member

    May 27, 2010

    Ortho® Weed-B-Gon get the concentrate so you can mix by the sprayer full instead of the little pre-mixed bottles. I have used it and it only kills broadleaf weeds not grass or trees... the only fault is it wont kill johnson grass.
     

  3. GFC Firefighter

    GFC Firefighter Blut und Boden Supporting Member

    429
    Jul 14, 2010
    How long will this stuff stay dead until I have to respray?
     
  4. Foxfire

    Foxfire New Member

    7
    Apr 17, 2011
    Not real sure what you're up against, but being a Firefighter and all, I'd think you'd be the first to light something up. I run with the USFS, we've been using prescribed Fire on Blueberries, clearings and such in the springtime to control woody growth. there's a bit of a trick to it alright.. just burn back around the stuff you want to keep, maybe have an engine around just for insurance, and let her rip.. works pretty well.. has for quite some time now. smells and tastes a whole lot better than 2,4D, db
     
  5. parapower

    parapower Member

    31
    Nov 29, 2010
    use super brush killer it is sold at co op
     
  6. parapower

    parapower Member

    31
    Nov 29, 2010
    go to co op and buy supper brush killer. it will take care of your needs
     
  7. Mickey

    Mickey New Member

    Aug 14, 2010
    I imagine Weed B-Gone is a spendy version of 2-4-D. Generic 2-4-D is cheap. It is only for broad leaf plants. Round-Up and its generic versions are a broad spectrum herbicide. It only kills post emerge and breaks down quickly in the soil.
     
  8. GFC Firefighter

    GFC Firefighter Blut und Boden Supporting Member

    429
    Jul 14, 2010
    I do usually burn but in this situation if I set it on fire....the trees will go up too. :lmao:

    We were training some guys with the USFS down here in Georgia, but they were from out West. Prescribe burning here was way different for them. lol.
     
  9. tractor beam

    tractor beam ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIELS Staff Member

    Jan 25, 2010
    Priest River, Idaho
    How about goats GFC? No chemicals and much more affordable!:lmao:
     
  10. GFC Firefighter

    GFC Firefighter Blut und Boden Supporting Member

    429
    Jul 14, 2010
    The wolves will get them.
    Or the T-rex off of Jurrasic Park.
     
  11. tractor beam

    tractor beam ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIELS Staff Member

    Jan 25, 2010
    Priest River, Idaho
    This should cover that problem.................. Goats with guns!:lmao:
     

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  12. tractor beam

    tractor beam ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIELS Staff Member

    Jan 25, 2010
    Priest River, Idaho
    You have wolves down there huh?
     
  13. wjjones

    wjjones Moderator Staff Member

    May 27, 2010

    They will eat his trees too!...:D
     
  14. tractor beam

    tractor beam ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIELS Staff Member

    Jan 25, 2010
    Priest River, Idaho
    And tractors and house and....... Yup, in fact a goat would eat everything but what you wanted them to eat!:lmao:
     
  15. rsmith335

    rsmith335 RICK THE PLUMBER Supporting Member

    988
    Jun 2, 2010
    You guys are hung up on goats, if I rember right brush killers have to be sprayed on folliage to be efective and won't hurt mature trees, unless you spray the folliage.
     
  16. wjjones

    wjjones Moderator Staff Member

    May 27, 2010

    I thought so as well until i used Gly-4 it killed a 40' cedar i accidentally sprayed on the trunk..:eek:
     
  17. rsmith335

    rsmith335 RICK THE PLUMBER Supporting Member

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    Jun 2, 2010
    Wow it's good to know that. I have some Cedars that are that old on my place and wouldn't want to kill them. I usualllyuse 2 4 d to spray the yard & fields.
     
  18. NBKnight

    NBKnight Member

    2-4-D with Princep.
     
  19. hackware

    hackware New Member

    57
    Sep 14, 2011
    heh, after the goats clear out the briar patches and brush, they make great bbq...

    william...
     
  20. Country Boy

    Country Boy Bovi-Sapiens

    Mar 18, 2010
    How about cutting the bushes/brush down and using a foam paintbrush to coat the cut surface with stump killer? Less chance of killing something you don't want dead, and less herbicide used over all.