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    Thumbs down Devils Club

    How do I kill it? I am bush whacking most of my acre lot so the kids can run and play but there is a field of Devils Club and I know from experiance that just cutting it down and burning it is not going to work! I have tried to research it on the net but all I get is greenie herbal maedicine mumbo jumbo. I don't care about that (well I do a little for medicine while in the bush) but right now I just want my 4 and 5 year olds to go play without getting 500 stickers in their hands!

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    Same question, tiered of taking a flame thrower too them every spring! I do get a kick out of the neighbors reaction though.
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    Round up. Hit them with round up as soon as they start to pop out in the spring. I fought a patch of them for 10 years I hate round up but that is the only thing I have found that works even that take a couple of seasons to get rid of it.
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    I'll second the Round-Up.

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    Gotta third the round up (or whatever I bought at home depot). I was just trying to kill some weeds in the front yard around some trees and thought, what the heck, and doused the devils clubs also (used a 2 gallon sprayer and bought the weed killer in concentrate). Sure enough, a few days later they were all shriveled up and dead. Will be interesting to see if they come back but the ads and stuff said it kills the roots too...we'll see...

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    I can't get rid of the rose (bush) or what ever you call it. These things keep popping up..
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    hand full of rock salt on each bunch......... or roundup or other commercial weed killers
    it'll still take a season or two

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    Default Composting Devil's Club

    I'm about to buy some land in Alaska, and the plot is full of Devil's Club.

    Would composting it break everything down and/or would it make good compost for a future veggie garden? I'm really interested in the idea of composting Devil's club for my garden in Alaska.

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    Why on earth would you want to compost Devils club for your garden?

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    heck id keep it, that will keep the kiddo's from getting in to much trouble.
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    Devil's Club is a rhizome producer and spreads in the same manner as strawberries. The main difference being the devil's club rhizome is woody and tough.

    You need an axe or hatchet and a pick or heavy rake, and a shovel. It will be laborious but just run them over with the brush hog and then go back and grab a stalk and start pulling up as you follow it to the source root stalk. Then you excavate and expose the root base and chop off the other runners with the axe. Then you dig/chop as much of the root out as you can and finish with a heavy dose of round-up directly in the hole.

    The only "nice" thing is the spines are primarily on the vertical stalk. The underground part is mostly spine free--but wear heavy gloves anyway.

    Rinse and repeat as necessary....and enjoy the work out.
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    Pour boiling hot water on the base of the plant. Seriously-It may shrivel up and die. I do that with grass on my path. Either way you still have to pull it.

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    Call Shagnasties in Wasilla and have him come roto-till it to HELL!!! You might have to have him do it a couple years straight.
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    if u get some women from nondalton to stare at it, it should die off pretty quick.
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    if u get some women from nondalton to stare at it, it should die off pretty quick.

    The round trip air fare would be more than a bulldozer rental. Running a bulldozer for the week end would at least be fun!

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    I have a friend who cuts hers, dries it a bit and sends it to her daughter in California where the daughter sells it to the locals for something like $50 a pound. Go figure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vkm View Post
    I have a friend who cuts hers, dries it a bit and sends it to her daughter in California where the daughter sells it to the locals for something like $50 a pound. Go figure.

    thats probably something else shes selling.
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