Prickley Pear

Asked August 1, 2013, 2:51 PM EDT

Can you please tell me how to get rid of prickley pear cactus permanently. Any solid advice will be welcome. Thank you.

El Paso County Colorado

3 Responses

Thanks for your question.

Is this in yor yard or in a pasture?

Dear Kerry P.,
Thanks for responding. The prickly pear problem is in my back yard in Rockrimmon.
Currently the mass is about 10-12 feet by 4-6 feet.
Pat C.

Thanks Pat,
Keep in mind that controlling pricklypear is not a one-time job. There are many viable seeds in the soil that may germinate in the future. Wildlife also spread the seeds and scatter the pads and joints over wide areas, so you’ll need to go over your land occasionally to get rid of unwanted seedlings.

Cut the main root of prickly pear 2 to 4 inches below the soil surface with a grubbing hoe or shovel. Remove the detached plant from the area, or stack them on piles of brush. Remember, any prickly pear pads in contact with the soil will likely root and grow new plants.

Let me know if you are intersted in chemical methods.