How to Get Rid of a Cactus
Cactus is a very distinct plant because of its appearance. They have thorns which is a result of adaptions to conserve water especially when they are in dry or warm environment. For some, their stem grows and evolved into succulents while the leaves can turn into spines. This certain evolution or change happens as their defense mechanism against herbivores. It also provides shade that lowers the plants water loss through a process called transpiration. They are commonly as ornamental plants and some that are full grown are used for fodder, forage, fruits, cochineal and many more.
Most of them have only a short growing season and a lengthy dormancy. They have the ability to form roots quickly by just absorbing water. So, a heavy rain is all they need and then root formation starts in response to the moisture. As an adaptation to infrequent rains, their roots are very shallow that spreads out widely just close to the surface. This is exactly why removing cacti are very easy. Here are some of the simplest ways on how to do it.
Pull them out
Since cacti have shallow roots, it would be easy to pull them out. However, with those thorns that protect them, you should use a gardening tool to help you. You can use a simple garden rake to pull them out. You can also use a shovel to dig the roots out. Some also fins a grubbing hoe effective. If you can use a pair of long handled needle nose pliers—that is also a great way to pick them up. Remember that you have to take all of the tubers that can be sipping through the underground. You may have to do this a couple of times especially if you left a few tubers as they will re-sprout. Lastly, make sure that you will dispose the every part of the plant—pads, fruits, tubers and roots. They have the tendency to regenerate a new cactus.
An older cactus can be a hot commodity in some areas. Consider placing an ad on various classified websites online. If the cactus is old and large enough, you’ll find that you can get an array of callers calling you up to take it off your hands. This is a great way to not only give it to a new home, you’re going to probably get money for it as well! Note that before you do pull a cactus out, make sure that you’re familiar with your local state laws because some cities and states do prevent homeowners from doing this.
If you opt to use herbicide instead of manually pulling them out, make sure that they are actively growing. This is to make sure the effectivity of the herbicide. If you find that the cacti are somewhat dry, water them for a few days first. After that, spray the herbicide to the plant that you want to get rid of. You may have to do a few applications for several days. When they are all withered, pull them out and make sure that there are no remnants of their roots.