sandbur control in bahia grass

Asked October 11, 2016, 8:28 PM EDT

I have a 5 acre property that is covered primarily with bahia grass. A couple of years ago I noticed sandburs in a few areas along the gravel/dirt road that runs the length of the property. I initially tried to control it by pulling the plants and keeping it mowed short to stop seed formation. Unfortunately, I was busy this past summer and couldn't keep it mowed. Now several areas are infested and of course they are full of mature burrs. I know it's too late to do anything this year, but what's the best way to get them under control next year? There isn't any livestock on the property, but there are lots of deer. Also, I need to mow those areas but I don't want to make the problem worse. (My mower doesn't have a bagging attachment). Any suggestions?

Brazos County Texas

1 Response

http://www.noble.org/global/ag/soils/sandburs/sandburs.pdf
http://magissues.farmprogress.com/BeefProducer/BP03Mar11/bp05.pdf

Field sandbur usually thrives in an area less suitable for desirable grasses. Soil pH is probably too acidic with decreased available P and/or K. go to and read the articles in the above links. Great information.