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How To Control Cactuscactus

While they may be attractive ornamentals in some situations and can even be a good source of food, when cacti begins to grow in places where you don’t want them to be, it can become a problem that needs solving. It doesn’t help the fact that a prickly cactus can be quite painful to the touch and if children or pets are nearby frolicking, they could get badly hurt by this plant. On livestock ranches cacti could present a serious problem by interfering with movement and forage space for cattle and other animals.

The cactus family and other similar species such as prickly pear are found throughout the United States and possess over 2,000 different species. The common characteristic of cacti are their sharp prickly spines which if touched can easily pierce skin and be very painful. Cactus plants are extremely tolerant of drought and harsh conditions and are protected from grazing animals to some extent by these spines. Not only are they a pest due to there potential to harm those who touch it, their presence can hinder the growth of competing plants, choking them out if left untreated.

If you have a cacti growing on your lawn or in your pasture land and want it gone, Solutions Pest and Lawn can assist you via professional-grade control products and helpful how-to advice to guide you through a control program that you can easily do yourself.

How To Get Rid of Cacti: 3 Step Solution

Removing cacti from a land through mechanical or organic means can prove to be difficult or ineffective. Mowing down cactus only spreads the problem and because of their painful prickliness, pulling them up by hand is not really a wise choice. We here at Solutions recommend eliminating cacti through chemical means. Using herbicides is easy, inexpensive, environmentally responsible, and effective. Here are the steps we have laid out below which you can follow to eliminate your cacti problem.

Step 1: There are one of two methods where you can chemically control cacti and prickly pear. You can either chemically spray the stem or pads of the plant with an herbicide. Herbicides will be able to move through the plant and destroy it totally. Before you go along and do that you will have to prepare for treatment by readying your equipment and yourself. Use your choice of an handpump sprayer, backup sprayer or mounted ATV sprayer. Protect your body with the proper safety equipment.

Step 2: Prepare a herbicide spray mix. We recommend using a herbicide that contains picloram or 2,4-DP which has the potential to destroy 76 percent to 100 percent of prickly pear  and certain other types of cacti. Make sure to follow the directions on the label closely for the exact details on application rates. We also recommend adding a spray marking dye, to mark plants that have been sprayed and to tell if you are getting an sufficient amount of herbicide on the green pads or stems.

Step 3: Take an axe and damage the plant. This will help the herbicide to seep into the cactus better. Next, spray the solution on both sides of the pads and stems. There is no specific time of year that you can spray, however herbicide may not be as effective if it is too cold or if the cacti is moist. Spray so the cacti is wet, but the solution should not be dripping off the pads. Repeat applications are necessary to ensure the cactus is totally eradicated.

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