Rushes….. what to do?


Livestock Farmer
If conditions allow run the Cambridge roller over them a time or two, it markedly reduces the vitality, I have done this for a couple of years now showing a big difference.
Top off a low as you dare. Leave well alone until June when you have a nice crop of green and lush growth at least 12 inches high. Then spray with MCPA + 2,4D. At or near maximum rate. Good steady spraying with plenty of water, can use an adjuvant as well if you need. Within weeks they will stop growing, go yellow and die. Any patches that don't succumb knapsack with thrust next year.

Do not try to spray existing growth that is stood there right now.


Livestock Farmer
Burn them 🤐
Doesn't seem to work, as it doesn't with Japanese knotweed 🙄 Got that t' shirt too...
And drainage of course, but u still have to remove what u have got anyhow. At least thrashing them down you are not allowing them to flower/spread further 🤔


Livestock Farmer
Mcpa or similiar end of may, do not top or nothing, leave them over the winter, by next spring they mostly will be rotted down, do again if they are popping back up, cleared a lot of land last few years like this. Take time to work to the roots, been over some rushes that was thick 4 year old, most of that has gone in one hit now. To rough for a topper. A lot wont agree with our method though

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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...