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Douglas County Noxious Weed Control provides this information as a courtesy (disclaimer) to those who are interested in controlling noxious weeds. We recommend a combination of two methods below (an integrated approach) to effectively control an infestation. If you prefer to have a Commercial Company take care of your Control needs, you can visit our Contractor's Page or use any Contractor found in the Yellow Pages. Equipment may also be available at a local rental store.

Remember, no matter what method(s) is used, ALL AREAS of the property must be maintained. These areas include around fences, poles, mounds, holes, hillsides (no matter how steep), and any other areas that may require specialized control.

Chemical Application
Note:
The below information is derived from the Nebraska Cooperative Extension EC 06-130-D (HERBICIDE USE IN NEBRASKA). Please consult the individual pesticide label for proper application rates.

Always read and follow label directions and wear the proper Personal Protective Equipment

Herbicide* 

Application Timing 

Remarks 

Garlon 3A
Habitat
Habitat + Glysophate

Late Summer or Early Fall 

Thoroughly wet foliage. Consult individual labels for irrigation and domestic water use regulations. 

* A property owner is not limited to these Herbicides only. Other Herbicides may be available, please consult the individual herbicide label for proper application directions. Herbicides can be found at coops, area nurseries, retail stores, farm stores, and other landscape centers. For more information on Herbicides and their uses please check with the Douglas County Extension Service.

Mechanical Control

Method 

Timing 

Remarks 

Mowing (not recommended)   This activity creates many small plant parts that can regenerate.

Handwork
Digging
Handcutting 

All-Season 

Small Plants - Can be dug by hand taking care to remove as much of the root mass as possible.

Large Plants - Can be cut down and moved to a dry site to dry out. Stumps will need to be treated with an approved herbicide.

Dried plants can be burned.


Whichever Mechanical method is used, it should be part of an integrated program. Mechanical control has limited success and should be incorporated with other control options.

Biological Controls
The use of Biological Controls (insects) for the control of saltcedar is currently being studied in Nebraska. These agents work slowly and favorable results may not be seen for many years. Biological Controls should be part of an integrated program in concert with other methods.
Douglas County Noxious Weed Control, currently, will not approve the use of biocontrol agents for saltcedar in Douglas County.

Control Method Recommendation
Note: Improving the conditions and competition of desirable grasses and vegetation is the best defense against noxious weeds. Avoiding waste areas, overgrazing, disturbed ground and proper care of existing vegetation, will aid in keeping noxious weeds away.

For Spring, Summer, and Fall:
Ornamental Plantings - Cut down and disposed at the landfill. Apply herbicide to stump(s).
Wild Infestations - Chemical application when found growing. Do not leave plant parts, if cut down, where they may be in contact with wet areas.




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