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Old 10-20-2012, 10:05 PM   #15
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Wow, those things are bad news. Round Up Full strength sounds like a good idea.
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Old 10-21-2012, 10:25 AM   #16
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Round-up isn't going to do anything for very long. Goat's heads are natures way of having the seeds spread a long, long way. The plants spread out like a mat and cover large areas.

for dogs, you just have to learn to spot the plant. Our dog always stops immediately and pulls up her paw, and we pull it out. The trick is to not keep waking thru the stuff. Out here it grows from landscaping strips onto the sidewalk a bit. When walking in sandy areas, just avoid the plants, and you'll avoid the majority of the goat's heads.

If you've run into a lot of them it's real important to check your shoes before going into a carpeted area. Stepping on one with bare human feet is a real experience!

For bikes, you need two things - a protective tire liner called "Mr Tuffy's" AND thorn resistant tubes. Either one alone won't cut it. If you do get a puncture, after patching the tube you have to take the tire off and Mr. Tuffy's out, and thoroughly run your hands inside to catch the points that broke off on the OUTSIDE of the tire, leaving a little sticker on the inside to puncture your tube again.
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Here is a picture...notice that one thorn is always pointing up...waiting for it's victim...
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are they seasonal or once they hit the ground there to stay until the rain comes?
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Old 10-22-2012, 05:18 PM   #19
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I'll keep my box elder bugs.
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This was our second year crewing a balloon for a friend. Dust control was better than last year, but the goat heads/stickers were much worse. For the price we payed for dry camping times the hudge number of rv's there, (must have been 1500 I guess) seems like a little pre-emmergent could be sprayed to reduce the stickers. We do not have carpet, but those that do who did not take off there shoes are still digging them out. Based on still a lot of dust and stickers everywhere, do not think we will be back. Richard
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