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Gardening Question Goat head problem

How can you get rid of Goat heads? Caan they grow in grass? I have two baseball fields full of them and dont know how to get rid of them so the kids can play on the fields. Thank you.
February 21, 2010

Goat head problem

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February 25, 2010
Goat Heads can be a very difficult problem...and there is no sure way to get rid of them. They can be sprayed with chemicals, but this also kills any other vegetation in the area. Some people have tried introducing goat head weevils, which infect the seedpods and weaken them... This is not a sure treatment, and is usually only one part of a larger strategy.

Domestic grasses are also very hardy, and can often out-compete goat heads over time...you may try sowing the areas with large amounts of strong domestic grass seeds. This strategy certainly takes a number of seasons to be effective, but it may be your only practical solution, given the large amount of area you are trying to control. Perhaps the introduction of goat head weevils combined with liberal sowing of grass seeds, may over time be able to subdue the goat heads. You may need to implement these solutions regularly over the seasons before they are really able to break the goat head's cycle of reproduction.

Here are a few links that you may want to take a look at:


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