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#5906913 - 08/31/15 10:53 PM Brush Trimming
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I was trimming brush in and around the feed pens this weekend and wondering how you guys handle. Some of these mesquites we dozed last year are 20 stem bushes now. What is the most cost effective way to knock them down forever? I believe Remedy has been mentioned but not sure I need a $90 bottle. Anything else I can spray on them that is cost effective? Does diesel work fine in a 3 gallon pump sprayer?

#5906924 - 08/31/15 11:09 PM Re: Brush Trimming [Re: Txduckman]
RedRaider13 Offline

Registered: 12/09/14
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Loc: North Texas
Mix 12oz of Remedy with a couple gallons of diesel. Spray all leaves, let it soak for a week or so then come back and cut them at the ground. Whatever you do, don't mow the mesquite down like that idiot on the cables commercial... You will have flat tires in all your vehicles. And they will spread into bushes it's the worst thing you can do. Spray and burn, it's a proven method. Best of luck, it's an uphill battle

#5906979 - 09/01/15 04:33 AM Re: Brush Trimming [Re: Txduckman]
kry226 Offline

Registered: 01/11/09
Posts: 5408
Loc: Germany
In order to get rid of the thorns, I do the cut stump method (and remove the tree) with Crossbow herbicide, diesel, and some blue dye. Cut the trunk then treat. The dye will show you where you've sprayed to ensure saturation. This has worked well on mesquite and salt cedar at my place.

This is a great study I found that compared different herbicide solutions on a stand of salt cedar.

#5907054 - 09/01/15 06:53 AM Re: Brush Trimming [Re: Txduckman]
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I spray with a Remedy/water mix as stated on the label for foliar mixture on brush. Get every leaf wet and it works great. I mix Remedy/diesel as stated on the label mix rate for basal treatments. I spray as per direction around the base of the trunks only of each. I prefer the water mix for feed pens vs having the diesel smell in my pens.

#5907096 - 09/01/15 07:30 AM Re: Brush Trimming [Re: Txduckman]
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I use remedy or clear pasture. They both work, but I have found when dealing with re-growth one application does not typically kill it all. It will kill the top but it will be back next year.
It's hell eatin em live

#5907148 - 09/01/15 08:09 AM Re: Brush Trimming [Re: Txduckman]
friocountyhunts Offline

Registered: 12/01/14
Posts: 554
Loc: Frio Town, Texas
We have always used the Remedy/diesel mix and sprayed the bottom 12" all around the base. Kills the whole bush and I come back later with a machete or chainsaw to knock down and drag off.

#5907172 - 09/01/15 08:28 AM Re: Brush Trimming [Re: Txduckman]
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Expect to have to do maintenance annually. It should be no big effort once the big stuff is gone.

#5907328 - 09/01/15 09:59 AM Re: Brush Trimming [Re: Txduckman]
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Just remember spraying diesel is illegal, watch out for tree huggers! Thier trolling everywhere looking to stare trouble!
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#5907385 - 09/01/15 10:30 AM Re: Brush Trimming [Re: swmays]
redchevy Offline
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Originally Posted By: swmays
Expect to have to do maintenance annually. It should be no big effort once the big stuff is gone.

This is the big thing. If you turn your back on it the brush country will swallow it back up in a heart beat! The 1/2 section next to our place was irrigated row crop with a pivot when we bought the place in a few years time it has become very grown up.
It's hell eatin em live

#5907502 - 09/01/15 11:39 AM Re: Brush Trimming [Re: Txduckman]
Jimbo Offline
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Registered: 08/30/04
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Yep, seems like it comes back even thicker when it does!

#5909142 - 09/02/15 10:11 AM Re: Brush Trimming [Re: Txduckman]
haslethunter Offline

Registered: 11/07/05
Posts: 132
Loc: haslet, texas
This was what my late father did and it worked. He would cut a mesquite off right at the root. Next get some used motor oil which we always saved when we changed our own oil. Pour it right on the root or stump at ground level. The amount depends on the size of the root and the tree. This will give you about a 95% kill rate and they won't come back. The one thing about brush and mesquites is they have to be constantly kept up with or they will get out of hand because animals will always spread the seed.

#5909174 - 09/02/15 10:24 AM Re: Brush Trimming [Re: Txduckman]
blackcoal Offline
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Napalm, usually you only have to use it yearly.
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it is the illusion of knowledge.--Stephen Hawking

#5909442 - 09/02/15 12:51 PM Re: Brush Trimming [Re: Txduckman]
cabosandinh Offline
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Registered: 08/12/13
Posts: 1487
Loc: Dallas, TX
diesel and motor oil you guys used are going to contaminate your ponds/ground water

I bought 2 gallons of Remedy but decided not to use it , I have 3 ponds that I
worry about

I have tried salt, it does kill

here's a recipe I found

1 Gallon Vinegar
2 Cups Epsom Salt
1/4 Cup Dawn (Blue)

increase/double salt amount as needed

Edited by cabosandinh (09/02/15 12:53 PM)


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