How to battle Phragmites?

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  1. fallsflight

    fallsflight Elite Refuge Member

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    What is the best way to begin battleing phragmites? Can’t get any heavy equipment near them to dig up. While the water is frozen would a good start be to cut them low and then in spring try to cut below water line? Is there a spray that will kill those but leave any of the desired plants alone?
     
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    http://www.refugeforums.com/threads/phragmites-control.1034758/
     
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    KAHunter Elite Refuge Member

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    Can you flood?? Cutting them down and overflooding as long as possible helps keep them in check somewhat. That and spraying will keep em under control.
     
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    I mowed pry 4 acres of it and then when it came back up I sprayed with a chemical called accord. Took three years to completely kill it all. And the only herbicides that will kill it contain glysophate which kills everything. Cutting it low and flooding over it didn't help me. Stuff grew right through the water.
     
  5. fallsflight

    fallsflight Elite Refuge Member

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    Thanks for the info. We started to cut them while the water is frozen and then will spray them in the spring. Will look into the accord spray.
     
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    fallsflight Elite Refuge Member

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    Also going to pile up and burn what we have cut so not to leave seeds laying there.
     
  7. Uncle.Lou

    Uncle.Lou Senior Refuge Member

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    Do not give up, took me 2 to 3 years to get mine under control. Spraying them in the spring and summer.
     
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    fallsflight Elite Refuge Member

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    What spray did you use?
     
  9. Uncle.Lou

    Uncle.Lou Senior Refuge Member

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    Glysophate! From tractor supply, I believe 41%. The first year phragmites just turned brown, it doesn’t look like it’s doing anything. The second year they really thin out and start dying, and by about the third year they’re almost all gone. I had a few areas of my marsh at work quite thick with them.
     
  10. fallsflight

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    Great, thanks for the info!
     

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