Himalayan balsam

mixed breed

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Hormones make it very poorly, but must be a bit big now...

What is the situation is it growing in? I used a knapsack and ( I think 2,4D) a couple of years ago which seriously depleted it.
It's about waist hight atm, its been rife in the neighbours wood and the brook banks since i was a kid, but I put some new barb fences last year (two foot from hedge/boundary line) and it's now growing there like fun, I guess the cattle trampled it before and kept it at bay..
 

Montexy

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Did a small patch a couple of years ago in a garden, you need to cut it near ground level and then spray the fresh cut straightaway with round up before it seals itself. Dont leave any parts laying around or they will produce new shoots next year.
 

mixed breed

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Mixed Farmer
Perhaps I'll stick to my first thought, strimmer with a blade and get it cut before the seed heads explode and then spray any regrowth. Just thought, am i breaking any "rules" using roundup on the two metre margins? This guy's watching me like a hawk :rolleyes:
 

dudders

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East Sussex
Pulling it worked well for me - get hardly any each year now. But, as has been said earlier, don't leave any lying on the ground. Amazing how it puts roots down. SBK also does for it, but I still prefer to pull.
 

neilo

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Location
Montgomeryshire
Perhaps I'll stick to my first thought, strimmer with a blade and get it cut before the seed heads explode and then spray any regrowth. Just thought, am i breaking any "rules" using roundup on the two metre margins? This guy's watching me like a hawk :rolleyes:

No need to use glyphosate for Himalayan Balsam. I looked into it when I reclaimed a track here, that had had s9me builders rubble levelled in it by a previous tenant...

Pastor/Thistlex kills it effectively, as does strumming it off (or grazing tight) regularly to stop it flowering/seeding. It’s not notifiable, so not sure that your landlord can insist you do much about it legally, but probably best to placate if you want to keep renting there?
it’s pretty easy to control ime, but will take a couple of years for seeds/shoots to give up.
 

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HSENI names new farm safety champions

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...
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