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Greg1959
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 4:25 pm    Post subject: Broom Sage? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have about an acre area of Broom Sage starting in one of my fields. What is the best way to get rid of it and not kill the rest of my hay?
 
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 4:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Broom Sage? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Around here, it is a sign that you need to add lime. Where are you?
Richard in NW SC
 
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 4:36 pm    Post subject: Re: Broom Sage? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

East KY.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 4:38 pm    Post subject: Re: Broom Sage? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Do a soil test and if the PH is less than 5.8, you need lime.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 5:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Broom Sage? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Lime.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 5:14 pm    Post subject: Re: Broom Sage? Reply to specific post Reply with quote


KSU says that broom sage is a result of inadequate phosphorous. A soil test would be beneficial, I don't think that fertilizing differently or liming will kill the existing grass though but it may stop it from spreading.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 5:15 pm    Post subject: Re: Broom Sage? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Broom Sage means you need lime and other minerals
 
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 7:33 pm    Post subject: Re: Broom Sage? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Need more info about your field. What type of grass or grasses do you have now and what do you want to keep?
 
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 9:15 pm    Post subject: Re: Broom Sage? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I limed my broomsedge & it didn't help a thing tho I had a soil test & lime spread to specs. Only change it made was to kill the broomsedge where the truck tires ran. 2 years later you could still see the daul wheel tracks of everywhere the truck had been. All my regular truck paths thru the meadow are green & free of sedge. Cost $1200 to find that out.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 3:00 am    Post subject: Re: Broom Sage? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Interesting information. Thanks even though it wasn't for me. I don't have any (my ph is around 6.4) but neighbors have it thick and as you said, they haven't even mowed their pasture in 30 years, much less fertilize.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 5:39 am    Post subject: Re: Broom Sage? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

in nw alabama, if your neighbor has sedge then you have sedge. it will thrive in hay fields, fence rows, tree lines, pond banks and your yard. about the only thing i noticed that eliminates it is cattle grazing it or chemicals.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 5:50 am    Post subject: Re: Broom Sage? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

i might add, in the spring when the sedge starts to green up the cattle will eat it vigorously. once aged they will avoid it. it is baled as hay when it is in a mixed field, evidently goats eat it and cattle as a last resort.
 
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