Justjanemunro Posts: 23
Goodmorning. Thank you for including me on this gardening site. I have a problem with nettles. We have an acre area with three goats and chickens. And I can not control the spread of the nettles. Is there a company who will clear them for me? I am 64 and my partner is unable to help me due to illness. I have landscaped the back garden myself. And I do everything myself, but this problem is causing me sleepless nights. Our garden looks nice, but I'm ashamed of the paddock area. What would your advice be. I would be so grateful for any import. Jane
I'm afraid I had to bite the bullet and spray mine. With individuals I dug them out but after clearing a huge overgrown area I was left with nettles everywhere and I went out last week and sprayed while they were still quite small. I used Roundup Concentrate and spot sprayed as best I could. I had brambles regrowing too so they got a dose of SBK.
You'll need to keep the animals off until the solutions have dried. Read the instructions to be sure to be sure!
I love goats...any chance of some pictures over on the companions thread. It's mostly cats and dogs so we'd like a bit of variation.
That would take it down initially but there's still the clear up and the regrowth to deal with. Your goats will eat them once they've been cut down and wilted for a day or two and if you could keep on top of the mowing as fidget says then you'd be well on your way.
Try not to be overwhelmed. I'm still clearing an acre and a half after four years. I do it one bite at a time (like eating an elephant). This Spring I found a twelve feet wide raised stone flowerbed that I didn't know was there. Yes it was that bad!
Feel free to come on the chat threads too for a bit of moral support. People are quite free with their hugs on there if you need any...or even if you don't!
If you have a sturdy lawn mower of some kind, you could use the flail mower to get it all down and then your lawn mower to keep it mowed. Flail it once or twice a year - the first spring cut at least - and then keep it mowed and the nettles will give up in time. But it does depend how rough the ground is - whether you can reasonably get a mower in there.
Me? I do half an hour followed by a (insert restorative beverage here) break.