How can I get rid of sandspurs that came into my yard from a neighbor?


Neighbor planted cheap grass seed and therefore has sandspurs that are taking over my front yard. How is the best way to get rid of them?

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  • Sherry Sherry on Feb 27, 2019

    Controlled burning the lawn before spring. Check with local fire dept for guidance. If done yearly should kill off sandspur plants.

  • Betsy Betsy on Feb 27, 2019

    Hi Brenda: Yikes!!!!! Pull the Sand Burs out with a Weeder You will never truly get rid of garden weeds until you have dealt with their root systems. A weeder is a great way to remove sand burs without breaking your back. Get a stand-up weeder, such as the TACKLIFE weeder, and pull the sand burs out one by one.

    Or, you can use the Soil Solarization Method

    If the sand bur invasion is out of control then you may need to resort to the soil solarization method. It takes a long time (a couple of weeks at minimum) but it is an effective way of killing garden weeds via the use of heat.

    Use a weeder to get rid of as many sand burs as possible then place a clear plastic sheet over the area. Dig small trenches along the side to seal the plastic sheet to the ground. The heat from the sun will pass through the plastic sheet then get trapped underneath it. The sand burs will eventually die due to the intense heat.

    Finally, try to get rid of their Food Source

    This is another natural weed control method that’ll take time. Remove the weed’s food source by cutting off the top of the plant while leaving the roots untouched. No green leaves = no photosynthesis = roots will eventually die due to lack of food.

    Sounds like a miserable plant:( Good luck