When to mow?

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  1. BrianVT

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    I've got a small field that needs to be mowed. Rye /oats and clover. The grass is going to seed. I will be mowing a little bit closer than I would prefer since I'm using a DR mower that is cutting @ 4-5". Any recommendations? .
     
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    Soon as you see any sign of a seed head starting on your rye.
     
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    I'm a big fan of using a weed wick/weed wiper and a 50/50 solution of glyphosate and water, in spring. This is one week after me wiping. Kills all grasses and puts a hurt on any tall broad leaf weeds.

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    And just for grins & giggles, that last picture which has arrowleaf, medium red, and ladino clovers in it, looked like this when I started. LOL, it was bad!


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    You have a picture of the weed wiper? I assume it's mounted on the front? If it doesn't stop raining I am going to have to have a solution besides mowing before too long!
     
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    I don't have to haul water, either. One gallon of glyphosate and one gallon of water goes a long way! Go about 5 mph, after the ropes start dripping. Don't laugh ....... I have some narrow trails to go down.


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    Do you intend to let the clover growing or terminate the whole plot and seed something else? I’m located not too far from you by the way. Catawba area
     
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    Clover is my mainstay. I'd never terminate on purpose. Dogghr is sorta between us. We'll all have to get together at the Swinging Bridge @ Paint Bank when we all can arrange it. He's not bad for a Mountaineer. ;)
     
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    I like the looks of that. I think you just cost me $109.99
     
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    None ... nada ..... use this method, when there is lots of moisture in the ground and your clover is growing and it will just laugh at the glyphosate.

    This gas line has a bajillion grass seeds in it and I battle grass in it every year. This is what it looked like last hunting season. In that plot is Advantage Ladino clover.


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    Mount it to your 4 wheeler, put 50% water and 50% glyphosate and don't start wiping until you see it dripping from the ropes. Travel slow at 5 mph or so. 1 gallon of glyphosate and 1 gallon of water allowed me to cover about 12 acres. I don't have to haul water and it will kill all the grass and any tall broad leaf weed it rubs on. I am up to 29 plots now and it saves me time.

    It's not limited to just glyphosate either. If you wanted to use clethodim, 2,4d, or 2,4d-b in it, it would work the same. It's just not like a regular sprayer which will kill everything intended, big plants or small, but it serves my purpose! Wash the outside and fill it up a couple of times on the in side with plain water and you're good to go. No motors, no screens, no tips ......
     
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    No tire marks ..... nothing ... but always wash down your 4 wheeler, as well.

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    I heard that.
     
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    Sounds good to me. Hopefully we get some rain soon. Fields are starting to look like August around here
     
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    So does the weed bar work well for burning down a field before planting? Would be a lot easier than spraying it appears.
     
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    The weed wick/wiper/bar will apply herbicide to the plants it touches. If it doesn't touch a plant, the herbicide does not get applied. So, if in your "burn down" example, you've got tall and short weeds and grasses, more than likely you will not get a complete burn down.
     
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    So if it's short and tall and maybe too thick it might have to be done in two stages or so. My other question is: is there any way to effectively shut off the flow once you've started. Or do you have to use all of the solution up once you've started?
     

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