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Old 8th October 2007, 03:05 PM
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As Brian said, Roundup (or Glyphosate 360) is not the be all and end all of poisons. We have found Grazon a better alternative on woody weeds.

Aha, now we' talkin' the good stuff. Serious drugs for weeds (not you weeds !).
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Old 8th October 2007, 03:30 PM
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My experience with Roundup and lantana was that Roundup doesn't kill the woody parts and roots but will knock it back. Blackberry and tree killer works but is expensive if you have lots. Best to grub out the roots. Has anyone tethered goats on lantana? Works on blackberry infestations. The goats keep eating and eating and eventually it all goes.

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what a good idea, a goat. but isn't lantana toxic?
pulling it out with a chain could be on the cards.
will look into tree killer products.
the lantana is all through a mature mango orchard. climbing through the trees. some of it is poking through the crown. it's a real mess in areas.
i read it was introduced as an ornamental plant.
what were they thinking... Australia was a garden pot?
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Thanks all for your replies.
what a good idea, a goat. but isn't lantana toxic?
pulling it out with a chain could be on the cards.
will look into tree killer products.
the lantana is all through a mature mango orchard. climbing through the trees. some of it is poking through the crown. it's a real mess in areas.
i read it was introduced as an ornamental plant.
what were they thinking... Australia was a garden pot?
Well they did plant a fair few convicts here as well .
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Old 8th October 2007, 03:57 PM
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Hi All,
In a past life, I was a "Bush Regenerator" in Sydney.

The standard treatment for Lantana was to cut it off as close to the base as possible and treat it IMMEDIATELY with Glyphosate.

Any so-called regrowth was due to missing some stems or not applying the glyphosate correctly.

The removed stems may re-root. To prevent that we built a "raft" of "innocuous" branches (eg. eucs) & stacked the cut Lantana on that. The Lantana broke down in no-time.
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Old 8th October 2007, 05:35 PM
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Current bush regeneration practice hasn't changed much!

I asked my mother who does it every week, her recommendation was that if there's a lot of lantana, cutting at the base and poisoning (or 'painting' the cut stem with as much as you can possibly get on) with undiluted glyphosate 360 is probably the easiest (least energetic!) way to deal with all of it.

If you uproot it, then keep the roots up - bush regen hang them upside down in trees to kill them off.

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As Brian said, Roundup (or Glyphosate 360) is not the be all and end all of poisons. We have found Grazon a better alternative on woody weeds.
As you say there are plenty of alternatives however Roundup is readily available at Bunnings etc. Used in the right doses and applied quickly to the cut stem it will do a pretty good job.
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Old 8th October 2007, 06:41 PM
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this works for me,
if you have flattish ground, ( obviously in an orchard) scenario, but no rocks, back a slasher over the lantana, if its a big one( lantana bush), well lift it as high as you can, get the revs up and drop the slasher over the lantana, mulches it into tiny bits, then go bask and forth a few times, this usually will pull the trunk out and mash it.
Have cleared most of my bottom paddock this way, any regrowth have hit it with roundup,

on the hilly bits, I have taken to the thicker ones with a chainsaw, once its droped paint the stump with neat roundup very quickly,while it is still drawing,( haven;t had any regrowth on those)
on the other bits, wait till it is relatively dry, put a chain around the base and drag it out,

Other bits i can't get to, on steep slopes etc, I just do a roundup( double dose) boundary spray, getting as much as i can, those sections are getting thinner and thinner and the cattle knock down the dead bits.

Smaller single bushes a couple of chops with a mattock gets those fat roots out.

My neighbour has had some real good results with DP600, on lantana, knocks it flat, I am goinf to try that this season, it doesn;t knock the grass around like roundup and is supposedly lantana specific.

Its such a fun weed.

Lantana clearing with goats, works well, if there is nothing else for the goats to eat, you pretty much have to stake them on top of the bush.


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The only method that I can add to the good, sound recommendations above, is:

Get a box of chokos and grow them over the lantana. You can throw chokos in from the edge of the clump if it is large.

Lantana won't survive when the choko vines shade the light out.

Trouble is there are lots of seeds remaining on the ground.
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Thanks again,
will try cut and paint with DP600 first...
if they wont die will have to rip them out...
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Lantana clearing with goats, works well, if there is nothing else for the goats to eat, you pretty much have to stake them on top of the bush.


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That is what you have to do with blackberries. I was wondering if goats would eat lantana, and whether it would be harmful to them.
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