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Ragwort In Full Bloom

16th August 2017

Whilst driving around the region it is quite apparent that ragwort is having a field day this summer. There are few places which seem to be free of the tall, yellow flowering, poisonous plant. Whether in horse paddocks, hay meadows, the central reservation of a motorway or along grass verges there is often a towering forest of yellow to catch the eye.

For most horse owners a quick walk around the paddock or field armed with gloves and an empty bag to contain the pulled plant will sort the issue out. We have however visited a number of clients with greater problems than hand pulling is capable of solving. We recommend cutting and collecting using our Flail Collector, which can be seen in action at www.shirecountryservices.co.uk/services/flail-collector-scarifier.html followed a few weeks later by an application of herbicide. Any pulled ragowort is then best disposed of by burning so as not to spread the seeds further.

Natural England who are responsible for protecting and improving England’s natural landscape and environment have good article discussing ragwort control and what to look out for. Definitely worth a read.
www.naturalengland.org.uk/ourwork/regulation/ragwortfeature.aspx

For advice or a no obligation visit from a memebr of out team contact us today.

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