Eradicate ferns

Asked September 24, 2018, 2:52 PM EDT

What chemicals will kill ferns ( including rhizomes) in my hay fields? What time of year is most effective? And for safety, How much time is needed between spraying and harvesting hay?

Clatsop County Oregon

1 Response

I will refer you to the Pasture and Rangeland Chapter in the PNW Weed Management Handbook. Fall is a good time to treat perennial weed species. Try to make applications prior to leaf drop and a killing frost. Products containing chlorsulfuron (Glean or Telar) or metsulfuron (Escort) have good activity on most fern species. See handbook for specific use rates and grazing and haying restrictions. Multiple applications over several years will likely be necessary to completely control ferns.