Creeping buttercup

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Dora, Jan 10, 2019.

  1. Dora

    Dora New Member

    does anyone have any thoughts on this. I have horses, pigs, alpacas and hens and try to keep all as organically as possible but the buttercups are taking control. Outdoor liming help? Best soil testing kits ?
     
  2. Exfarmer

    Exfarmer Member

    Location:
    Bury St Edmunds
    creeping buttercup does well on alkaline soils so no, lime will not make a scrap of difference.
    if you want soil testing the amateur kits are mainly next to useless, best pay for a tester, if they think you will buy some lime / fertiliser they will do it for nothing.
     
  3. Dora

    Dora New Member

    Thank you, will follow up your suggestions
     
  4. Spray it with a Dow product called Envy. Lime will not make a jot of difference.
     
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  5. dazza b

    dazza b Member

    Location:
    Lancaster
    You could also spray it with headland polo works very well
     
  6. If you go full rate and catch them right Polo is generally ok. Not a 5 star product though, better to stick full rate MCPA on with a go of 2,4D as well. Polo is quite weak.
     
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  7. But not licenced for PA6 application.
     
  8. dazza b

    dazza b Member

    Location:
    Lancaster
    Ok use grazon pro if using hand lance
     
  9. Thrust. Not grazon. In my experience, grazon isn't that hot on buttercup.
     
  10. Boohoo

    Boohoo Member

    Location:
    Newtownabbey
    As said Envy is the answer for buttercup, Polo and other mixtures of MCPA and 2,4D don't come close. Only problem for the OP is that it isn't organic
     
  11. Danllan

    Danllan Member

    Location:
    Sir Gar / Carms
    I have not seen Grazon have any effect on buttercups of any sort...
     
  12. I was being polite. Pastor, nor Doxstar, not ThistleX nor Grazon, none of them have any recognised effect on buttercup. In terms of efficacy on buttercup I would rate the other products in this order:

    Forefront=Envy>Thrust>Polo.

    I would avoid Polo in situations involved established weeds personally, it is not strong enough. If you want to go the phenoxy route I would use a combination of MCPA and 2,4D straights or go Thrust + MCPA at a stiff rate of each.

    Don't forget adjuvant in all cases and use plenty of water and good steady spraying. Also do not use any of the above except in good growing conditions, they just won't work at all well in cool weather. I've been caught out a million times spraying all of these in March trying to clean up silage leys, 50% of the time I would say the outcome was less than satisfactory.
     
  13. Exfarmer

    Exfarmer Member

    Location:
    Bury St Edmunds
    To kill buttercup, you need to wait till they are in early flower and hit them with MCPA, but I think the OP wanted to be organic
     

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