Dandelions in clover?

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  1. jlane35

    jlane35 Active Member

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    I think it’s dandelions from looking at the trail camera picture. I’ll be at our place Friday and can get a better picture. How harmful to a clover plot are dandelions if that’s what it actually is? 1748A169-5DC1-428C-A4BC-A493A070F463.jpeg
     
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    I've got 'em too. Not worried about it. They usually only show up where you've got compaction. I wish they'd show up where I have new compaction right now, cause the chicory I planted isn't making an appearance.
     
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    I agree with Mark - they are no worry and will likely be grazed by the deer. I do see some plantain, which I don't see grazed, but it will likely just take up a little space.

    By the way - very nice looking plot.
     
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    Deer love dandelines. I think they are actually a relative of chicory but could b wrong.
    And the roots make good coffee and leaves a good salad mix. Just may need them w another shutdown , riot , govt takeover , etc. lol


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    This is what most of my clover plot looks like.
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    But these are the weeds that are in a few small areas. A8C9B1FD-C861-4C64-B076-446E671CB997.jpeg 6D19AA65-6DBA-4FF2-8B5D-EB2BDFCFBD1D.jpeg
     
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    Look more like plantains than dandelions.
     
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    I didn’t bother taking pictures of the dandelions, so these are the to main weeds in the plot. The dandelions currently are currently in there yellow flower stage.
     
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    You've got some broadleaf dock weed there, it's bitter, nothing will eat it, considered a very nasty invasive in cattle pastures, though it can't survive tillage very well. It can be controlled by cutting those seed heads, something that I do every spring in my cattle pasture. If I didn't skip some I'd probably have eradicated it.

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    perfect, I’ll cut them off Monday. There aren’t to many of them at the moment.
     
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    That's a response plant I dealt with when I last disturbed my soil. It's gone away since, but I don't know why exactly. Lime, drainage, other plants? No idea.
     
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    For dock you've got to get the seed heads before they turn dark brown, or you can't cut the anymore without knocking half the seeds off.
    Curley Dock and Broadleaf Dock is a native pasture weed that I've observed about everywhere I've been where there's pastureland and animals grazing. It's not fussy if the soil is perfectly amended or poor, if it's allowed to reseed it can take over a pasture and reduce grazing by 50% in a few years. You must gotten lucky enough to have sprayed or mowed at te right times to eliminate it, because this weed isn't going to leave on it's own.
     
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    well I didn’t think there were that many until I started cutting by hand. Then I realized it was loaded. So I hooked the brush hog up and lifted it as high as I could. I probably got 90 percent of it, but it was all on one side of the plot I felt like I was destroying the clover by turning in it constantly. I’ll check it out in a day or so and see what’s left of it.
     
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    You can spot spray it with a strong dose of 2-4,DB in mid spring next year before it sets seed heads. Mowing it this late is probably not going to stop the seed from germinating.
     
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    BTW - your rabbits will love any Dandelions you leave for them!
     

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