How To Get Rid Of Sagebrush
Do you have a beautiful lawn that you take good care of each and every day? Do you defy the heat of the sun and the cool rain just to keep your garden in the best shape? Unfortunately, no matter how much you take care of your garden, there are unwanted plants that will try to invade it. One common and bothersome plant that can appear on your lawn is sagebrush.
Sagebrush is a shrubby plant that is abundant in North America. They thrive on dry and desert lands but can also stand firm in other areas. Sagebrush plants are actually not as bad as weeds. In fact, they provide home to many animals such as little birds. They even serve as medicinal plants. However, when these plants grow in your lot where they are unwanted, they can give you a hard time as sagebrush has strong foundations and a bit hard to dispose. If you spot sagebrush growing in your garden, here are some methods that you can follow in order to get rid of sagebrush.
Cut down the plants
Sagebrush have woody trunks and lots of branches. Before you can uproot them, you need to cut down the plants first. You can use axe, machete and other strong gardening knifes to cut down those sagebrush. If the sagebrush are still young, you can just opt to mow over the plants to bring them down. Make sure to leave at least a few inches of the plant above the ground so that you will know where you should dig around to remove the sagebrush roots.
Uproot the plant
After you have chopped up the sagebrush trunks, you can now try to remove the roots from the ground. Using a spade or shovel, you can loosen up the soil and dig around the sagebrush plants. Be sure to dig about a foot or more until you can completely see the whole root system of the sagebrush. Remember that you need to take out the whole root system of the plants because if you leave even just a small part of the roots, the sagebrush will grow back again.
If the sagebrush plants are too stubborn and you cannot get it out from the soil, you can soak the soil first with water to make it softer and easier to dig. However, take note that you must take out the sagebrush roots right after you soaked the soil because if you flood the area and did not remove the plants, they will just multiply.
Dispose the plant remains
After you have taken down the sagebrush plants and removed the roots, you can now dispose them. You can place the sagebrush stem and roots of the plants on garbage bag and let it be picked up by your local gardener or you can burn the remains and make it as a fertilizer. But before you turn those plants into ashes, be sure to ask permission from your local government or fire department first.
Use herbicide treatment
If you live in a place that is prone to plant and weed invasion, you can opt to treat your lawn with herbicides. But do not just administer herbicide treatment by yourself if you are not sure what to do. You can ask for help from your local gardeners to get rid of those sagebrush plants and other weeds.