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Brush Control FAQ

Does it pay to do brush control?

On thick brush, estimates run from $50 to$100 per acre. After control, stocking rates would be at best 8 acres per cow. How long would it take for a cow to pay back $400 to $800 dollars. If you have open Bermuda grass areas that you are not fertilizing to their full potential, it would be cheaper to grow more grass on those Bermuda acres with higher inputs of fertility. If it makes the land worth more money to have the brush removed, then the answer might be yes.

What is the best way of controlling scattered brush that is invading my pasture?

Identify the species that are most common and then pick a chemical and application method that will work best on that species. Your local County Extension Educator can help you with this. Once you have controlled the most prevalent species, you can then switch to a chemical that will do well on the remaining brush species.

How do I get a handle on this cedar problem?

Burn or mow that pasture any time you see trees in the 1 to 2 foot category. Cedars can grow a foot a year and in ten years a 2 foot tall tree will be twelve feet tall.

I am planning on dozing 40 acres this year, how do I control the sprouts in the years to come?

You would be better off to treat the trees with a chemical and kill them prior to dozing them. It is very difficult to kill crown and root sprouts since they have a larger root to shoot ratio. Kill the trees first, let them rot for a year or two, and they will be easier and cheaper to doze.

How do I control persimmons?

Persimmons are very difficult to control. Applying 3 cc of straight tordon per inch of stem diameter at breast height has given me the best control. Do not expect 100% control.

For more complete information, contact your county extension office.

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