Carolyn McDermott
Carolyn McDermott
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Asked on Apr 11, 2019

How do I get rid of foxtails, once they have already seeded?

Nancy TurnerJewellmartinDebker


Get rid of foxtails. Is there a way to smother them once they already have seeded?

4 answers
  • Debker
    on Apr 11, 2019

    Hi Carolyn, If you are against chemical herbicide use, pull off the seed heads to prevent the plant from repopulating the area. Dig deeply to get the long roots, using a long slender weeding tool. The best method for killing foxtail weeds, however, is the pre-emergence herbicide treatment in spring.

  • Jewellmartin
    on Apr 13, 2019

    For now, add 2 1/2 cups of vinegar to 1 cup of salt and stir to dissolve the salt. Pour into a large (1 qt.) spray bottle or a watering can. Spray where the Foxtail roots are and if it is sunny, the weeds will begin dying the next day. Repeat if you see any new green shoots. As Decker said, next year use a preemergent, in Feb. and in April.

  • Nancy Turner
    on Apr 13, 2019

    The vinegar and salt solution will kill anything it touches and prevents anything from growing in that area by changing the salinity of the soil with the salt and the vinegar killing all the good microorganisms. The salt is also not good for the environment as it gets into the water table and changes the salinity off all fresh water rivers, streams and lakes, even drinking water.

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