For those who have taken the opportunity to bale rushes as potential for bedding or just to tidy up fields, now is a great opportunity to reduce the dominance of rushes in the sward. Using a weed wiper, on green regrowth after cutting is the best opportunity to ensure a kill on the growing weed. Use glyphosate or MCPA in the weed wiper as per label adding a suitable adjuvant to help the mix stick to the rushes. Good kill rates at 10 parts water to 1 part glyphosate. Seek advice on chemical rates before wiping.
Top Tips for weed wiping
- Trial the machine wiping with water if unfamiliar with how the machine works.
- Then in the most dense area first.
- Graze grass down to a low level to avoid the risk of killing grass. Grazing with both cattle and sheep works well
- Set up height of brush or carpet above the height of the grass ensuring coverage over rushes
- Treat regrowth of rushes ensuring they are green
- Top them after they are fully brown and dead allowing at least 4 weeks after weed wiping
- Weed wipe dense rushes twice in different directions
- Keep brush or carpet wet avoiding any dripping
- Follow environmental advice on label
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