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  • Is there an animal that eats mint?

    Not only is it invasive, but DH is allergic and this year we had a bumper crop. It's a lost cause for this year, but I need a plan for next year.

    DH was even willing to consider goats if they will eat it. I tried to google, but all I got was recipes for goat meat in mint sauce. Which I'm sure is delicious, but not a solution to my particular problem unless the goat can be pre-marinated with the mint.
    If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is cats. - Lemony Snicket

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    If you had a bumper crop this year, you'll have a whole van crop next year. Goats on the whole, do not love mint. Poultry doesn't like mint leaves, but I have found that they love to eat the rhizomes. If you want it gone, turn some birdies loose on it.
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    • #3
      If life gives you mint, make Mojitos!
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      Somehow my inner ten year old seems to have stolen my chequebook!

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      • #4
        My pinto mare adores mint; if you weren't on the wrong coast, I'd consider hiring her out to you.
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        • #5
          Cats like mint. But not enough to graze it down ;-)

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          • #6
            haha, we had a horse that went nuts over mint

            you will have to weed it.

            Ask a local restaurant or whatnot I suppose...
            Originally posted by BigMama1
            Facts don't have versions. If they do, they are opinions
            GNU Terry Prachett

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Chaila View Post
              If life gives you mint, make Mojitos!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Chaila View Post
                If life gives you mint, make Mojitos!
                and Julips?
                Originally posted by BigMama1
                Facts don't have versions. If they do, they are opinions
                GNU Terry Prachett

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                • #9
                  A Post I found on the internet: Sounds like you have a multi-step project, but I'd sure dig a bunch BEFORE next year...

                  "The only sure way is to dig it out root by root. Dig whenever you see a new
                  sprig poking out. If that is not acceptable and Roundup is too expensive
                  for you; go to your local hardware and get a bottle of industrial strength
                  ammonia (10% NH4OH). Pour some of it into a dropper bottle with a couple
                  drops of dish detergent and sprinkle the mint sprigs as they come up. The
                  extremely high nitrogen will burn the plants down to the main root. Keep at
                  it and you will finally kill it all. Maybe a little digging will be
                  required but not much. The only thing to remember is to have any wind to
                  your back."
                  We don't get less brave; we get a bigger sense of self-preservation........

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                  • #10
                    Sorry to be a downer on this but my mother for some reason planted a bunch of mint in my garden oh..about 14 year ago..and I am still pulling it out.

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                      #11
                      It is already past the point where pulling one by one is practical or possible. I was told Roundup was not going to be successful against mint.
                      If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is cats. - Lemony Snicket

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                      • #12
                        OMG I love mint I can't believe it is actually a weed where you live. Good luck with your issue.

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                        • #13
                          We've had some success with mowing the snot out of it. Seems to slow it down a little and encourages the grass to grow. We have several minty acres along the creek (I'm pretty sure some got washed down and took root) and don't want to lose more! I have some broadleaf herbicide I've been meaning to test on it.

                          I tried the mojito/julip idea at first but, even with friends helping, we were sadly unsuccessful. And to think I used to love mint.
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                          • #14
                            Allergic to mint? What a horrible, horrible tragedy. I'm rather fond of the Julep plan myself... and that path is singularly unavailable to one allergic.
                            Nudging "Almost Heaven" a little closer still...
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                              Originally posted by WildBlue View Post
                              We've had some success with mowing the snot out of it. Seems to slow it down a little and encourages the grass to grow. We have several minty acres along the creek (I'm pretty sure some got washed down and took root) and don't want to lose more! I have some broadleaf herbicide I've been meaning to test on it.

                              I tried the mojito/julip idea at first but, even with friends helping, we were sadly unsuccessful. And to think I used to love mint.
                              When do you mow it, and how often?
                              If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is cats. - Lemony Snicket

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                              • #16
                                We mow as often as we can, and as short as we can with the brushhog. That probably equates to 4-5" tall, every few weeks. For a smaller area, I'd use the lawnmower (after the brushhog) to scalp the snot out of it all summer. If it can't get tall enough to leaf out properly, it will eventually give up.

                                I cultivate several kinds of mint in their own patches near the house and regular mowing keeps it from popping up in the yard (sending out runners to flower beds 10 ft away is a whole 'nother story).
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                                  Wildblue, I think that will have to be my strategy for next year. It's completely taken over one of the orchard sections. Before, there were patches there, which didn't bother me, but this year conditions were ideal for mint and now it's trying to take over the pastures.

                                  We have so much mint that just walking around out there will make you minty fresh.

                                  If you pick blackberries out there and eat some while picking (a requirement!), your sinuses are so overwhelmed by mint that there's a mint aftertaste to the berries!

                                  After I mowed yesterday, I felt like I'd been to the dentist and I just reeked of the stuff.
                                  If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is cats. - Lemony Snicket

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                                  • #18
                                    Totally agree with the mowing it down---seems to be the only strategy that really works here---though Im now thinking some chickens might assist.
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                                      #19
                                      Our ducks ignore it, but I'm thinking I could put some chickens on it intensively in the spring. Even if they don't eat it, they'll trample it.

                                      I'm going to need more chickens, though. Or perhaps more accurately, more chicken tractors. Maybe I have a use for those obnoxious bantam cockerels after all.
                                      If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is cats. - Lemony Snicket

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                                      • #20
                                        I made the incredibly stupid mistake of planting mint in my garden several years ago. No, I don't know what I was thinking. I had visions of mojitos, I think.

                                        I've gotten it under control this year by weed wacking it down to the ground a few times and pulling up the sprouts when then ground is WET.

                                        Does burning work for mint?

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