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Ferns, Fungi and Mosses: How do I kill ferns? Really kill them

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kwallflower
Omaha, NE

September 11, 2011
9:28 AM

Post #8803515

Hi to anyone reading this. I live in ne. Ive been trying to kill ferns. Why? They have spread like wild fire. Five & ahalf ft. tall. Now in the sun and look awful by July. Tried roundup after I pulled off leaves last year. Should have left leaves on? Their still growin! Now Im digging! oh my! Runners are everywhere, 6-12" underground. Im not young enough anymore for this brutal digging.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

September 11, 2011
9:45 AM

Post #8803541

Sounds like Bracken? Can you add some pics?

If it is Bracken, mowing / cutting in the spring when the new fronds emerge is the best control.

Resin
Katlian
Carson City, NV
(Zone 6b)

November 9, 2011
8:34 AM

Post #8882911

Roundup is only absorbed by fresh, green leaves. Spraying Roundup on dead leaves or on the ground is ineffective as it will never be absorbed by the plant. It should really be used on vigorously growing plants in the spring or summer.

postmandug

postmandug
Bardstown, KY
(Zone 6a)

November 10, 2011
8:38 AM

Post #8884579

Or weedeat them to about 3-4 inches tall then Round-Up them. The left over stalks from the weedeating will absorb the Round-Up in a hurry. I do this frequently on brushy material and it works quite well.

Resin, do Bracken ferns get that tall? Mine only get to about 2-2.5 feet. I was thinking more along the lines of Ostrich ferns as they spread quite readily too.

Doug

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

November 10, 2011
10:21 AM

Post #8884749

Bracken often reaches 1.5-2 metres tall

Resin

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postmandug

postmandug
Bardstown, KY
(Zone 6a)

November 14, 2011
9:51 AM

Post #8889824

Amazing! Thank you.

Doug
Strever
Hiouchi, CA
(Zone 8b)

November 15, 2011
8:31 AM

Post #8891167

in the shade Bracken fern don't get much over 3 ft
in the sun easily over 6 ft here on the north coast

Dick

postmandug

postmandug
Bardstown, KY
(Zone 6a)

November 16, 2011
4:30 AM

Post #8892336

Thanks for the info Dick! Haven't seen you around in a while.

Doug
Strever
Hiouchi, CA
(Zone 8b)

November 16, 2011
8:22 AM

Post #8892657

hi Doug
i check in every morning do a quick read then goto work
and fall asleep in my chair in the evenings :-)

Dick

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