How to kill Gorse (Whinns)

Is there any thing to knapsack spray onto Whinns to kill them.
I'm told cutting them and drilling the main root and them spraying works but what is the best spray to kill them.
What method has anyone else tryed doing that works.
 
Cheapest way is set fire (hold a lighter to the dry stuff in middle of them and they burn fast) to them so all the prickles disapear them get at them with a chain pulling them out

the roots don’t go very far in so you can flick them out with a loader and bucketif your feeling skilled
 

Landrover

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Forefront or thislex sorts them and works well through a knapsack or so I've been told ! Their is probably cheaper alternatives tho !
 

exmoor dave

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exmoor, uk
They are just here and there in along with the hedge.
Not sure about the root rake as it may bring fenching with it too

Double rate Thistlex with some wetter too.


But IMO if in a hedge I'd just leave as some decent evergreen shelter.

Hedges on our top ground are 100% gorse
Had spent years trying to eradicate, which got nowhere, so now manage the plant to our favour
 

Bury the Trash

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Mixed Farmer
and the Hedgetrimmer easily keeps it in check, it's easy to trim, carefully and kept a nice smooth face annually or give it a good smacking if necessary.
If it's really needed to be removed Digger hoofs it out nicely , but you do have to go at it annually for a year or 2 will still be some around even then.
 

scotston

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The seed bank in the ground wants you to burn it as it stimulates regrowth unless the temperature is above something like 120 degrees C. This scorches the seed and kills it. Best way is a land rake on a digger, heaped and burnt in massive heaps so you get a hotter burn. Then plant something that smothers the regrowth as shade is its nemesis.
 

JD-Kid

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The seed bank in the ground wants you to burn it as it stimulates regrowth unless the temperature is above something like 120 degrees C. This scorches the seed and kills it. Best way is a land rake on a digger, heaped and burnt in massive heaps so you get a hotter burn. Then plant something that smothers the regrowth as shade is its nemesis.
yes a cool burn cracks the wax on seed
know years ago guy did 3 burns. standing green sprayed and burnt and sprayed rolled burnt
the green burn too cold cracked alot of seed
spray burn a bit better but most of fire up higher
spray and rolled burn fire on top of ground cooked top few inches. wrecking the seed bank dose also kill off a bit of soil life at same time
 

exmoor dave

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Location
exmoor, uk
yes a cool burn cracks the wax on seed
know years ago guy did 3 burns. standing green sprayed and burnt and sprayed rolled burnt
the green burn too cold cracked alot of seed
spray burn a bit better but most of fire up higher
spray and rolled burn fire on top of ground cooked top few inches. wrecking the seed bank dose also kill off a bit of soil life at same time

The best kill we ever had after a burn was on some 6-8ft tall euro gorse that got a fair snow load one winter, which snapped alot of the branches thus leaving a tangled half dead mess .....the following dry spell it burnt like a dream 🤠 it took years for any regrowth to come back
 

Stw88

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Location
Northumberland
Grazon 90 is the stuff, its licenced to do so. Spray in may/ early june will then die off and burn the next spring. (Before the 15th april) too late to burn now. Spray any regrowth when its young and susceptible and you shouldnt have a problem.
 

Rejuvenating swards: Which option is best?

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Written by Brian McDonnell

Maintaining grass quality during mid-season grazing is important. Farmers can maintain quality by entering ideal grazing covers of 1,300 – 1,500kg DM/ha, and grazing down to a residual of 4cm every rotation.

If you are now in a situation where cows are not cleaning out paddocks as well as they should be, leading to the development of steamy grass within the sward, here are some options.

Common options for rejuvenating swards include:

  1. Take a silage cut, probably into bales, remove the material and start again with the aftermath...
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