Killing Winter Grass and effect on chickens

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by N1k358, Sep 28, 2015.

  1. N1k358

    N1k358 New Egg

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    I live in Sydney Australia so I am moving into summer. I have about 120 sq metres of lawn that I can separate the 3 chickens into two areas for long periods. I have winter grass coming through my Buffalo lawn. The only real solutions I know to try and eradicate the winter grass are using a herbicide such as Amgrow next March and April or to re turf the lawn - though this is not guaranteed as I do not want to kill the entire lawn using Roundup first. Re turfing is expensive but the Buffalo grass is getting near to the end of it's life - I think.

    The question is whether anyone else has used a product like Amgrow and whether it is safe to let my girls out into the treated area after 4 weeks or is there another solution. We also use the eggs and give the excess to next door neighbours.

    Cheers
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    The best safe thing I have used is plain 5% vinegar. It works better on broadleafs but will take out grass. You just have to completely wet all leaves. It may take multiple applications. You can also get it in higher percentages which may be more effective with grass.
     
  3. N1k358

    N1k358 New Egg

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    Salt and vinegar is something I have looked at. Trouble is with Winter grass you need to take out the root system so it is a little tougher than most weeds

    Cheers
     
  4. Free Feather

    Free Feather Chillin' With My Peeps

    Why do you want to kill the grass?
     
  5. N1k358

    N1k358 New Egg

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    Winter grass is a weed that spreads through it's root system. It is quite difficult to kill off.in summer and though I am reluctant to use a herbicide it is the only way I have found to date. Eventually it may take over the lawn
     
  6. Free Feather

    Free Feather Chillin' With My Peeps

    But why does it matter if it takes over the lawn?
    I am just curious, I have never heard of it before.
     
  7. N1k358

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    Well it is a bit of a rough grower that tends to grow in patches through winter and spring and then the summer heat - particularly in Australia kills it off leaving patches through the lawn. Then in Autumn it's root system starts up again and it spreads
     
  8. Free Feather

    Free Feather Chillin' With My Peeps

    Do you mean that it has difficulty thriving where you live, but its root system is strong and it will not let anything else grow there? It takes up space that a plant better suited to region could be filling, a waste of space?
     

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