Lawn stickers are a pain. They get in your way, seem to grow like wildflowers and can cause harm to not only you but your children and pets. Let’s talk about a few ways you can get rid of stickers in the yard.
A Little Back Ground Information
Stickers are weeds and they are made of a single root, better known as the taproot. They can grow from ten centimeters to about 1 meter in size. These plants can last for many years so it is most likely going to take multiple attempts before you are able to get rid of them for good; unless you take extreme care.
Get To The ‘Root’ Of The Problem
Silly pun, I know but if you don’t get to the root; you can do anything you want and since stickers are a type of weed; they are probably going to come back time and time again. You don’t want to do all the work for nothing so if you are going to dig these suckers up, be sure you’ve gotten everything. Cutting the root is another way to keep these nasty things from sprouting up again and producing more seeds.
If you are trying to get rid of stickers in the yard during the months when they are sprouting and seeds are present, be very careful because spreading them is very common; and this will lead to further frustration.
If you don’t feel like digging up or cutting these weeds, you can pull them out by hand if you’d like. I’m not going to lie; this is going to take a very strong individual and of course, you’re going to need gloves to protect your hands and be very thorough.
No matter how you do this, be sure to check for seeds. Check your clothing, gloves, feet and the area in which you traveled to dispose of the stickers.
Get Tough With Stickers
If the problem is still persisting, it’s time to show those stickers who is boss. Propane weeders work wonders because they allow you to burn the sticker bushes without hurting the other plants in your lawn. Be sure to check your state laws because this may not be something you are allowed to do. If this is the case, you may have to hire someone to come out and do it for you.
Prevent Against Future Stickers
Keeping your lawn clean is always a good idea so weeds do not spread. Racking is something you should be doing on a regular basis in order to keep seeds to a minimum. Whenever you are out in the yard or an area you suspect could have seeds; check your shoes and dispose of any seeds you find. The same goes for lawn tools; be sure to clean them after each use to avoid spreading.