We have horses, cows, chickens and a goat that are out in the pasture. In the...

Asked June 6, 2014, 3:13 PM EDT

We have horses, cows, chickens and a goat that are out in the pasture. In the pasture are small yellow waxy flowers. They are taking over and the animals do not eat in those areas. My question is, what can be put in the pasture to get rid of the flowers that will not hurt the animals. What are your suggestions? We appreciate your help. Thank you.

Lorain County Ohio

1 Response

The weed described may be buttercups Ranunculus spp. There are many types of buttercups with different leaf shapes. http://oak.ppws.vt.edu/scott/weed_id/ranbu.htm Positive identification of the weed is key in deciding how to effectively manage it, including choosing the right herbicide to use and when to apply it. Herbicide labels will list any grazing restrictions for pastured animals.

Certain weeds, like buttercups, often indicate that the pasture may be overgrazed or lacking in fertility. Thin pasture and the presence of many weeds typically indicate that the pasture needs to also be re-seeded. Check with your county extension office http://lorain.osu.edu/ for help with correctly identifying the weed, information on herbicides available to treat the weed, and more information on best management of pastures.