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Marionb

Spraying nettles

I bought spray for the nettles yesterday.. however on reading the instructions it says not to spray in periods of drought... I was going to do it this weekend...

Why shouldnt it be done in drought periods? I'm just wondering whether to risk doing it anyway but dont want to do damage or find that it doesnt work for some reason..?
Midland Spinner

Probably because it relies on the plant translocating the poison round its system - which it won't be doing if there's no water to transport. - so it will just be a waste of money.

Or, it might be worse - I know a chap who (years ago) made up a solution of weedkiller crystals to kill weeds & sprayed it in a dry period, when nothing happened he made up another solution & tried again..... and again, eventually it still hadn't rained & the weeds were still growing .... so he tried a flame gun.....Woomf! - unfortunately his little daughter was on the lawn and he had to run like hell to get to her before the flames did.
Moral of the story - always follow the instructions (and know what the haz-chem symbols mean)

p.s. daughter was unharmed & grew up to have kids of her own.

p.p.s Why not just enjoy the butterflies etc that live on the nettles?
Sally Too

Pull up the roots if it is a small area?

Nettles also can't stand repeated mowing.

And they make delicious soup at this time of year....
wellington womble

I've sprayed my nettles twice with glyphosate and it hasn't worked so far - I think I did it too early. I have far too many for soup, and I need some garden for the baby to play it. I wouldn't mind reclaiming some of the vegetable garden, too.
Marionb

Looks like I will have to leave it a bit longer... the field is becoming over-run with the things so I have decided that this year I will get them at least under control if not eliminate them.

I may try strimming some for now and spray when they have re-grown sufficiently... strimming/pulling out hasnt done anything to reduce them in the past though.
Rob R

What is the field used for?
Marionb

What is the field used for?


Sheep usually but at the moment theres 3 miniature shetlands in there.
Cathryn

Can you strim? My horses love wilted nettles.
Rob R

Most animals do - they're a fantastic mineral supplement for all classes of stock.

I've given up on doing battle with nettles and embraced them. Then whilst you're reaping the benefits they suddenly decide to stop producing. Rolling Eyes I've even used them to find out where the reedbed is leaking Laughing
Jo S

I used to scythe them and give them to the pigs.
Nicky Colour it green

we scythe them and the sheep eat them once they are wilted.
Ecocentric

Revenge wrought on nettles via the cold steel of a scythe is infinitely more satisfying (as well as quicker, quieter, cleaner and greener) than a brushcutter - the noise of the engine prevents you hearing their quivers of fear and that delicious "snick"... Evil or Very Mad

If the mini-'osses don't eat 'em, collect (fork or gloves required as they can still sting) and add all those lovely minerals to your compost or make "nettle tea"as a liquid feed.

Go on, be a "DownScyther"... Wink Rolling Eyes
dpack

wilted most herbivore like em

highlands like em fresh and spicy

ace plant
dpack

unless they are in the veg patch nettles are an asset if well used

lucky to have such p / k / n rich soil Wink
Duckhead

Just keep cutting the tops off
vegplot

If you have rheumatic knee joints scythe in shorts.
Marionb

I strimmed about half of them today, its surprising how it instantly looks so much tidier. Trouble is a lot of them are in the hedge and theres lots of stuff in the hedges, wood, stones, etc which the strimmer tends to catch a bit... But it will get tidied up once I've finished tidying up the garden.

Hopefully tomoro I will do the other half, its very rewarding when you see an instant improvement.
Duckhead

The key is to make small, concentrated forays. Just keep bossing one bit then the next bit looks beatable. Do it for an hour without looking back. After an hour look back and you'll be amazed as to what you have done.
Woodburner

Scything is quicker than strimming, too.
There a traditional saying about them too, something like cut them down three times in a year and they'll give up.
Jo S

Is it weird that, apart from the pigs, scything is one of the things that I miss the most?
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