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Post Posted: May 31, 2019 7:19 pm 
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I nearly cleared my 2 acres of ALL thistle. Mostly I just dug the plants out when they were young and did selective roundup periodically afterward. I got less and less every year and now grass has filled in and replaced the thistle. Now I have so few I can just pluck them out with a shovel or trowel and need no weed killer.


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About 20 years ago, I pulled nearly every thistle plant from my property. They are just now making a comeback. However, this time, we will hire younger backs to do it.

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I only have 1 acre to deal with. But I had lots of thistle (a couple of different varieties) when I moved here. I dug up some of them, but that work is just too hard. Then I took an easier approach and simply removed the flower heads. After a couple of years they were gone!! Seeds still get blown in (from neighbors who ignore the thistle). I just let it be until it starts to form flower heads that I can remove. Voila. Done!

Personally I would never use round-up. It is extremely dangerous to all living things. It kills plants on contact, but also kills wildlife, pets, people too (albeit at a much slower pace). Yes it kills bees.

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I use "Milestone", available at amazon. Seems horribly expensive (about $100 for a quart), but is enormously concentrated, and works out to about 1/2 the price of Roundup after being mixed with water. Very effective on thistle, after using for the last 3 yrs, almost all of my massive amount of thistle has disappeared. I use gloves and only spray the plant, not just anywhere. You may also consider a mask, but if used diligently and on a calm day, there really is no scattered spray to speak of. I bought a 4 gallon backpack sprayer for about $60 or so and am happy with my choices. I also cut off the heads of the blooms and place them in a garbage bag I carry with me. Works very well with really a minimum of effort.


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Thanks everyone! There are so many different approaches to consider!


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