Group_avatar_placeholder_01 rangelands

(This group currently has 8 experts available to answer questions)

Questions asked to this group

Spraying south Texas brush

What is proper time to spray fence lines and what is best herbicide to use?

Webb County TX pastures and forages Posted over 4 years ago

Mowing to Encourage the restoration of native Texas grasses on my land.

Dear TAMU Agrilife folks, We live between Jarrell and Florence in far northern Williamson county. We own 21 acres along Salado Creek with a second wet weather creek also crossing our land. Our land is located along the border of the hill country and the blackland prairie so we have lots of rocks, but also dark black dirt between one and two feet deep! I've read all that I can find and it seems that there is a lot about how to establish a new stand, but no clear recommendations for someone in my shoes.

Our land is part of a wildlife coop so we are required to manage the land for the benefit of wildlife and native species. The family that ranched this acreage for four generations did a good job of it since I would say that 75% of our grasses/forbs are native! We have lots of winter grass, June grass, buffalo grass, side oats gramma, three awn, Indian grass, and many others, too. I want to do what I can to encourage that to make it to 100% native.

My question is: "What is the best mowing schedule to achieve my goal of returning the land to 100% native grasses and forbs? I don't think prescribed burns are in my future due to cost, but I do own a tractor and a five foot shredder so when do I mow? Once a year? Twice a year? Spring, fall or winter? I always mow at a height of about 10 inches by the way.

From what I can find, it appears that a late winter mowing (Feb?) once a year might be the best option, but I could be completely wrong.

Thanks for your help. I really appreciate y'all and have found your information more than just helpful. We have lived on acreage for 35 years now and I have transformed the land we owned back to as close to "natural" as I could in each case using what I've learned about how to go and grow with Texas natives.


Doug Garrett

Williamson County TX Posted over 4 years ago

Brush Control

Hi I'm from Houston and have some land in Milam County, close to Calvert in Robertson County and I'm looking for some workshops on how I can get certified to use Grazon P+D, and maybe other courses on brush control. I'm trying to kill of honeylocust and mesquite trees.

Do you have any upcoming classes? Thanks!

Milam County TX rangelands Posted over 4 years ago

Algerita control

What foliar spray can be used to control algerita? IPT along fences

Concho County TX rangelands Posted almost 5 years ago

Plant Identification

Found growing on vertical rock faces along the upper elevations of the Guadalupe Peak trail in Culberson County Texas.

Culberson County TX rangelands plant identification horticulture Posted about 5 years ago

Native grasses in the Payette National Forest

We need to seed some ground stirred up by logging? What are the native grass seeds that we should use? We are near the Payette National Forest, near New Meadows.

Adams County Idaho rangelands native grasses Posted over 5 years ago

killing prickly pear with Surmount

What time of year is best to apply Surmount to kill prickly pear?

Eastland County Texas rangelands Posted over 5 years ago

Getting rid of Prickley Pear cactus

I have a twenty acer farm and would appreciate some advice. Need to find someone that knows how to dispose of them safely. Thanks

Tom Green County Texas rangelands Posted almost 6 years ago

time from spraying mesquite to root kill

How long does it take, after spraying, for a Remedy/mixture herbicide to reach the root? We spent the last two weeks hand spraying mesquite in our pecan orchard, and would now like to mow before harvest. If the herbicide is still "working" on the leaves and stems of the mesquite, we don't want to mow it off before it gets a chance to kill the root.

Texas rangelands Posted over 6 years ago

Is Mesquite wood good for making BioChar?

I have a lot of Mesquite trees on my ranch in central Texas. They are invasive and drink a lot of water while making little oxygen. I am ripping them out of the ground and want to do something productive other than fire wood with them. I have over 500 trees on the ground ( 6 months to 4 years old). Is it good to make BioChar and plow it into the 1/2 to 3 acre plots on the ranch? In general, the soils are tight and alkaline.I do have some sandy loam. If so, does mixing it with Compost help with that issue? I was going to mix it with compost anyway but is that necessary or just helpful? Does chipping some of it and mixing it with the biochar and compost help? I will make some charcoal but only can use so much. I have made cabinets and furniture from the larger OD parts of the trees. The rest is not being utilized. I can only make so much barbecue wood. I hate to just make big burn piles and burn it. What do you think?

Texas rangelands biochar mesquite Posted over 6 years ago