Ame lives off-the-grid on her beautiful farm in Falmouth, Kentucky. She has been gardening organically for over 30 years and has grown vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers, and ornamentals. She also participates in Farmers Markets, CSA, and mentors young farmers. Ame is the founder and director of Fox Run Environmental Education Center where she teaches environmental education programs in self-sufficiency, herbal medicine, green building, and wildlife conservation.
The success rate with them is mixed. Biocontrol insects will only continue to live in areas where the populations of the host plant are high and can support them. Also, make sure they will not harm other plants in your vicinity.
You can purchase puncture vine weevils from biological supply companies, but this method has several drawbacks. Weevils location-sensitive and may not survive if you buy them from a company far away.
After you get rid goat head weed, you can reseed or plant with a strong native grass or flower. If you’re in the southwest desert mallow is a beautiful, easy to grow wildflower that can out-compete goat head weed.
Take precautions so that you don’t bring the burrs into the house. Wipe your shoes off on a rough mat outside. If you have been working in the yard or garden, remove your shoes on the porch or in a mudroom. Check your pants for signs of burrs. Sweep and vacuum floors frequently. You will also need to check your pet’s fur before they come in and jump on the couch.
Q: What is the best way to get rid of puncturevine? I have a couple of patches that have shown up in my yard.
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Mulching landscape beds with at least three inches of mulch, or a weed barrier that screens out all light, can also be an effective method to eliminate this weed. This needs to be done during the winter and early spring, before the weed sprouts. Be warned that if the puncturevine sprouts on top of the mulch it can still grow due to a very long tap root.
Seedling plants can also be lightly tilled under, but I don’t recommend tilling plants with seeds heads as this may bury the seeds and increase chances of germination.
If you have plants going to seed you can still pull them up. Just wear thick gloves to avoid injury to your hands, and try not to shake seed heads off the plant.
Remove the debris from the yard once the plants have died after burning them with a propane flame. Next, use a leaf rake to pile them together and a shovel to place them into yard waste bags, lawn wagon, or wheelbarrow. Make sure you dispose of the waste where the weed won’t grow, such as a dumpster, in case some seeds survived.
But if you’re trying to identify goathead weeds to make sure that’s what you’re dealing with, then here are some if it’s notable characteristics:
That being said, if you notice your yard is absolutely full of goat’s head then this is a very effective way to kill the entire plant and seeds in an entire area.
If you think uprooting them from the ground would work, think again. They will just grow from the remaining parts of the deep taproot underground.
They’re a perfect chemical control method for dealing with goathead weeds before they start to produce seeds.
In large areas such as an open field it’s best your best bet to choose a handheld flame thrower, which is easier to carry and store.
While mowing your yard might be adequate to get rid of certain weed species, goat heads are exceptional as they will grow right back once the seeds germinate….Little Devils!