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Getting rid of stinging Nettle

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  • Getting rid of stinging Nettle


    I am hoping someone on here has dealt with stinging nettle. A couple of my paddocks have beautiful green grass, but is also getting taken over by stinging nettle. Too much to pull out by hand. Is there anything I can spray on it that isn't harmful to horse or grass?
    Someone told me to burn it, but we are very very dry and fire bans are on. Someone suggested mowing it, and then maybe the grass will choke it out....
    If anyone has dealt with it please send me some advice

  • #2

    I could not get rid of it so thought about raising it for medical use, then it all died... sort like you can not grow grass anywhere except in the concrete driveway

    One preliminary human study suggested that nettle capsules helped reduce sneezing and itching in people with hay fever. In another study, 57% of patients rated nettles as effective in relieving allergies, and 48% said that nettles were more effective than allergy medications they had used previously.

    we really had problems for years I guess I finally sprayed it at the right time or it finally gave up after repeated mowing to the dirt


    • #3
      I had a large amount pop up this spring for the first time. Sprayed with 2,4d then mowed short (2.5"), problem solved.
      "The best of any breed is the thoroughbred horse..." - GHM


      • #4
        Trimec Classic Broad leaf herbicide.


        • #5
          I always get some. I pluck them at the base with grabbers and spray them. Fortunately I don't get much during the summer. The heartleaf nettle in the winter is another story! It's an annual and dies every spring, then comes back.


          • #6
            Am I correct both the 2,4d and Trimec will also kill clover?


            • #7
              Invite some local health food urban gleaners over in spring time and tell them to have at it! We get them in the park here sometimes,with rubber gloves on.


              • #8
                Originally posted by fourfillies View Post
                Am I correct both the 2,4d and Trimec will also kill clover?
                "The best of any breed is the thoroughbred horse..." - GHM



                • #9
                  Took me 2 years to rid my 2.5 acer back field of bull nettle.
                  I walked around every weekend for two years plucking up each individual plant, and then spot spraying the root with Round Up.
                  Most of the time I couldn't get the root up. The Roots are very very strong, deep, and long. All lil nettles come from a Momma Nettle.

                  Every now and again a plant will pop up... I'm very careful to never mow them down. I cut them out of the ground.
                  Horses are amazing athletes and make no mistake -- they are the stars of the show!