Ragwort on the increase

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Ragwort on the increase

Post by lady of leisure on Sat Jun 28, 2014 7:08 pm

Has anyone noticed this toxic weed has increased ?    we have never had it before and now its in our fields
luckily not much and we are able to pull it out ,
but today we noticed on the verges of the N145 lots of it, once it seeds  there is no going back and I read that it can still seed when pulled out..
According to the tinterweb it needs to be burnt. Evil or Very Mad 
this weed is toxic to horses and cows the toxin builds up in the animal as they can't get rid of it and can lead to the death of the animal..
not a nice plant...

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Re: Ragwort on the increase

Post by twointheeye on Mon Jun 30, 2014 7:52 am

We hadn't noticed, but you're correct in that it is a very toxic plant which is lethal if it gets into hay as horses leave it alone when fresh but don't detect it when dried.

How do you burn it if -as we understand - there's a ban on bonfires?

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Post by lady of leisure on Mon Jun 30, 2014 9:05 am

the only the place I can think of burning it is in the fire in our house

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Re: Ragwort on the increase

Post by tocyvi on Thu Jul 03, 2014 7:07 pm

I have also noticed significant outcrops of Japanese Knotweed not too far from us. There doesn't appear to be any effort being made to control it other than simply cutting it back which will make absolutely no difference to the spread whatsoever.
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Post by redburmese on Tue Jul 08, 2014 6:34 pm

Isnt the Japonese Knotweed suposed to be reported to the Marie !!!
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Post by tocyvi on Tue Jul 08, 2014 7:06 pm

redburmese wrote:Isnt the Japonese Knotweed suposed to be reported to the Marie !!!

Hi RB
To be honest, I don't know, but it's inconceivable that they don't know. I mean it's not as if you can't see it; it's 2 metres tall.
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Post by redburmese on Sun Jul 20, 2014 1:58 pm

Perhaps his eyesight is bad [or he would rather ignore it and not have to deal with the red tape ]
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