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#1424615 - 29/05/2017 20:25 Re: Far North Queensland Dry Season - Cardwell Northwards - 2017 [Re: Ronfishes]
Crystal Valley Offline
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Nice dry day today, a few more would be good. The ground is still wet.
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#1424618 - 29/05/2017 20:39 Re: Far North Queensland Dry Season - Cardwell Northwards - 2017 [Re: Crystal Valley]
cold@28 Offline
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Originally Posted By: Crystal Valley
Nice dry day today, a few more would be good. The ground is still wet.


A nice dry day here too, a few less would be good. Everything is brittle and dry again, except for masses of green weeds with prickly white flowers.
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#1424626 - 29/05/2017 21:52 Re: Far North Queensland Dry Season - Cardwell Northwards - 2017 [Re: cold@28]
hickory Offline
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Originally Posted By: cold@28
Everything is brittle and dry again, except for masses of green weeds with prickly white flowers.

Give 'em a blast with the Round Up. It's never failed to kill anything I've hit with it. Killing sensitive weed is a bit harder in trying not to kill the grass adjacent to it though.

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#1424640 - 30/05/2017 00:09 Re: Far North Queensland Dry Season - Cardwell Northwards - 2017 [Re: Ronfishes]
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Gunna have to do that hickory. Should've done it 4 years ago when there was only one small patch. It's so bad now it will be virtually a blanket spray, too bad if I kill everything else, lol. Past worrying.

My place is nothing compared to the neighbour's.
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#1424644 - 30/05/2017 06:04 Re: Far North Queensland Dry Season - Cardwell Northwards - 2017 [Re: cold@28]
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Originally Posted By: cold@28
Gunna have to do that hickory. Should've done it 4 years ago when there was only one small patch. It's so bad now it will be virtually a blanket spray, too bad if I kill everything else, lol.

My mowerman says a product called Woody Weedkiller is fairly selective and doesn't kill the grass,- but at about $65.00 a litre I've never bothered.
When I was a bit younger, after a bit of rain, I would put a glove on the left hand and use a pair of long nosed pliers to get the the complete plant and tap root out.
It took forever too.

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#1424653 - 30/05/2017 07:20 Re: Far North Queensland Dry Season - Cardwell Northwards - 2017 [Re: Ronfishes]
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Ouch, that's as bad as the nut grass stuff.
I think I might've pulled some of it up the first year, but even in the Wet the earth hasn't softened much. frown
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#1424670 - 30/05/2017 10:19 Re: Far North Queensland Dry Season - Cardwell Northwards - 2017 [Re: Ronfishes]
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Starane for your sensitive weed C@28. If you don't like using poison you can sprinkle granulated urea over it and lightly water it in. Sempra gets rid of nut grass and is a lot cheaper than it used to be.
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#1424782 - 30/05/2017 22:53 Re: Far North Queensland Dry Season - Cardwell Northwards - 2017 [Re: Ronfishes]
cold@28 Offline
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Thanks CF.
Thankfully we don't have sensitive weed. What we have is sprawling & climbing growth with a prickly white flower. You pick it up on your soles & walk it everywhere. It's taking over footpath area because people mow through it and don't clean their ride-ons. Feeling a bit defeated when the town is suffering too.
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#1424899 - 01/06/2017 00:11 Re: Far North Queensland Dry Season - Cardwell Northwards - 2017 [Re: Ronfishes]
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Sensitive weed is quite responsive to the original urea, IE: just pee on it. Can you post a photo of your prickly white flowered weed C@28 ? I and others might be able to find a proper response once the culprit has a name.

I am also a big believer in round up, although I find it often has a lag effect on new veggie crops if the ground is not worked and watered sufficiently before replanting, spot spraying any and all infestations you come across on your home turf is the best defence, just don't let them get a foothold.

Quite often weeds poke up in deficient soils as well, once introduced they will dominate native species as they are able to thrive in soils low in nitrogen and other minerals like copper etc, but they also gain an advantage against native species with the lack of natural burning as well, as there are many natives that need a low burn fire through their natural habitat to set seed for the next wet season.

If you want a veggie garden then fence it off, and either bomb the crap out of all weeds with a decent herbicide (Glyphosate) and then wait a while before planting... Or get yourself a bunch of thick black plastic sheeting, give your garden area a good watering and lay down the plastic sheeting and walk it down well all over your garden area and then leave it for a week or two.

The combination of solar heating and dead end germination after a couple of weeks should see a largely weed free area for planting out in with a much reduced need for weeding over the short term and allow a good start for newly planted crops.
Temperatures under the plastic sheeting in full sun are even in our winter up here high enough to kill off most of the seed bank from weeds.

Lift off the plastic, lay in some soaker hoses, replace the plastic and then cut some holes in where you want to grow stuff and you have in effect a weed free garden.
Also works a treat for accelerating composting as well.

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#1424901 - 01/06/2017 02:45 Re: Far North Queensland Dry Season - Cardwell Northwards - 2017 [Re: Ronfishes]
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What do you know about that Woody Weedkiller for sensetive weed, Marakai ??
CF mentioned a product called Starane. I haven't yet had the time to price it though.

A fellow once told me it thrives in soil that is 'sour',- and to get a bag of Dolomite and spread it just before rain, or water it in. Any ideas ??

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#1424902 - 01/06/2017 05:39 Re: Far North Queensland Dry Season - Cardwell Northwards - 2017 [Re: Ronfishes]
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Windy and gusty around here last night and this morning
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#1424909 - 01/06/2017 08:23 Re: Far North Queensland Dry Season - Cardwell Northwards - 2017 [Re: Ronfishes]
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Metsulfuron methel is about the cheapest broad leaf / woody weed killer.
Grazon is another that works very well on the weeds and does not effect the grass.

If it is just the sensitive weed a good feed of nitrogen will kill it off.

Misty drizzley Daintree mizzle yesterday arrived arvo and produced 6mm and continues
this morning.

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#1424911 - 01/06/2017 09:00 Re: Far North Queensland Dry Season - Cardwell Northwards - 2017 [Re: marakai]
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Originally Posted By: marakai
Sensitive weed is quite responsive to the original urea, IE: just pee on it.


I did that in the park over the road when I lived up there but got arrested.
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#1424927 - 01/06/2017 13:35 Re: Far North Queensland Dry Season - Cardwell Northwards - 2017 [Re: Ronfishes]
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The 12month rainfall outlook really trashes our wet season prospects. Blah
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#1424929 - 01/06/2017 14:51 Re: Far North Queensland Dry Season - Cardwell Northwards - 2017 [Re: Ronfishes]
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Wandjina,there still seems to be some conjecture as to whether we will be heading into El Nino territory or not..lets hope for conditions more favourable for a decent wet season for once...How long has it been since we had a decent one anyway..?..

21c here and heavily overcast at the moment...

Absolutely miserable weather but not as bad as Southern Australia is looking at over the coming week...

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#1424930 - 01/06/2017 15:09 Re: Far North Queensland Dry Season - Cardwell Northwards - 2017 [Re: Ronfishes]
cold@28 Offline
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Thank you everyone for your suggestions.
Not sensitive weed, just this horrible white prickly flower.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwrNFvnaCM0TbnU4TWdnRTBkdEk/view?usp=drivesdk

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwrNFvnaCM0TRnF3emdROUVlb1U/view?usp=drivesdk

Hope these links work.
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#1424931 - 01/06/2017 15:16 Re: Far North Queensland Dry Season - Cardwell Northwards - 2017 [Re: Ronfishes]
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They work. Try Kamba.

You'd have frozen down here this morning C@28.It was 9 degs at 7.00am.
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#1424932 - 01/06/2017 16:07 Re: Far North Queensland Dry Season - Cardwell Northwards - 2017 [Re: Ronfishes]
WANDJINA G'vale Offline
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Alternate around glyphosate/roundup, you are always on the road to resistance with that stuff, maybe later than sooner, but always. Use other groups of herbicides against your weeds were possible as often as possible. Once you gain roundup resistance, your fantastic tool will be done for, manage its use properly and you will have it for far longer.
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#1424953 - 01/06/2017 20:27 Re: Far North Queensland Dry Season - Cardwell Northwards - 2017 [Re: Ronfishes]
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I will try the roundup, and maybe the plastic too. Fighting a losing battle. Next door is an ignored shameful shambles, and it's becoming rampant around town.
We used to have a fellow did the council work for years, who did above and beyond and really managed it, probably did more than double what he was paid for. The town always looked great. Now he's gone, the new fellow seems to be part time, and it's way beyond what he can do. 😖😖

In Manoora tonight. So cold I put my woollen jumper on.
Remember one May, 2007?? it got down to 5 degrees. Anyone else remember that?


Edited by cold@28 (01/06/2017 20:30)
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#1424965 - 01/06/2017 21:38 Re: Far North Queensland Dry Season - Cardwell Northwards - 2017 [Re: Ronfishes]
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I have loads at this time of year too C@28. Closest thing I have found that looks similar is Alligator weed but it isn't that.
Everywhere is a carpet of white at the moment. It only grows like this once everything else dies back though so it has not been a problem here. During the wet it can't get a foot hold, it doesn't grow in any irrigated areas, everything else grows a lot faster and it gets smothered. The bees absolutely love it too.
If it wasn't there nothing would be now. Would like to know what it is though.
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