Getting rid of Scotch broom |

Getting rid of Scotch broom

Before moving to Grass Valley, we lived on Pt. Reyes, where there was heavy growth of Scotch broom.

Many of our neighbors there were self-anointed environmentalists who would not hear kindly of the use of herbicides. To keep the peace, most of us on the Point used weed wrenches and various other hand tools to remove the noxious and inflammable Scotch broom. These methods left enough root imbedded in the soil to give the Scotch broom a fast start on a new crop. Abundant regrowth was experienced.

Upon moving to Grass Valley, I again met my old enemy, Scotch broom. I was determined not to tolerate this again and consulted the Farm Bureau, which recommended the use of a blackberry and brush killer that would, when properly used, safely kill blackberry, poison oak and Scotch broom, including the entire root systems.

This herbicide can be loaded in a small sprayer at the correct dilution with a blue dye added to keep track of the areas of application. It should be applied only to selected plants in a small quantity, to the stem of the plant in such a way as to drain the solution down the stem to ground level, and, if possible, into the root system. Some minor retreatment may be needed.

Dr. William Muff

Grass Valley

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