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The Best Way to Get Rid of Weeds in a Food Plot for Deer

 

So you want to create a food plot for deer this year so you can attract more deer this fall and hopefully keep them on your property. I started creating food plots so my 3 daughters would have a better chance of consistently seeing and shooting deer when they started bowhunting.

One of the biggest questions I get is how to get started and how to breakup the soil.

Well before you breakup the soil, you want to kill all the weed and grass competition with Roundup or Glyphosate on the area for you food plot for deer. But instead of writing about it, I posted a video for you to watch. I don’t know about you, but I would much rather see how it’s done than read about it. So here you go.

After you watch the video, leave a comment below to let me know what you thought of the video, and any questions you still might have about creating a food plot for deer. Thanks!

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7 thoughts on “How To Kill Grass and Weeds In a Food Plot for Deer
  1. william says:

    graet video, I would like to know what to use
    for grass growing in a food plot.

  2. Jeff Melton says:

    Randy,
    You have a good website.
    Please mention reading the label for proper handling and disposal. Also their mixing rate might be different depending on conentration.
    Urea or ammonium nitrate work well, as you said, improving the burn and speeding up the kill. If they dont have that add some dish soap, it gets through the waxy coating also. Adding 2,4-D with the round-up is what I usually use but drift (fumes) will wilt nearby crops like soybeans or sunflowers.

  3. Dan Fawcett says:

    Hey Randy,

    I started my plot 2 weeks ago and I’m noticing some weed/grass competition. What can I do, other than weed by hand, to get rid of the bad stuff and maintain the good stuff (I planted Evolved Harvest ProGraze – http://store.evolved.com/home/products/harvest/perennials/prograze.aspx)

    Thanks!

  4. admin says:

    William and Dan,
    Glad I’m not the only one who has weeds and grass in my plots. What can you do about weeds? There’s no rule that says you have to clear the weeds from your food plots, but allow them to grow and they’ll overwhelm even the healthiest plot in a season or two and leave you with little more than a scattering of clover among the fescue, wiregrass and other undesirable plants that grow like, well, weeds. Too many of them will rob your plots of nutrients, moisture and space, and they can turn your hard work into a pointless effort if you don’t control them.

    In other words, the only choice is to kill those weeds. The good news is that controlling them is pretty easy, as long as you use the right herbicide at the right time. Another good reason to have small plots.

    There are countless brands on the market, and the names alone can be confusing but there are really just three classes, or types, that are important to food-plot users. These include non-selective herbicides, such as Round Up, which kill all plant growth; herbicides that kill only grasses; and those that work on broadleaf plants. Grass-specific herbicides kill a variety of grasses such as fescue, wiregrass and Johnson grass, but they also kill beneficial grasses such as wheat and rye.

    Broadleaf herbicides, on the other hand, kill just about everything except grasses, while some, including Whitetail Institute’s Slay, kill a variety of broadleafs except clover and alfalfa. The best advice, of course, is to read the product’s label before you use it to make sure you’re using the right product for the plants you have.

    You could mow certain plants, especially clover, in the late spring and again in the fall. Mowing not only stimulates new growth, which can result in thicker stands of clover, but it will remove the tops of weeds, preventing most of them from forming seed heads.

    If the food plot is new, it’s important to wait until the planted growth is 4 to 6 inches high before mowing or spraying is begun, even if the weed growth overtakes the plot plants, says Trudeau. When it reaches that height, the planting is strong enough to handle a dose of herbicide.

    Since some plants don’t start growing until mid- or even late spring, you’ll likely be faced with another rash of weed growth after that first herbicide application. Although some herbicides are residual, meaning they remain in the soil and work on plants that haven’t even started to grow yet, others, such as grass-specific herbicides, are not. You’ll need to reapply them a couple of times a year as new grasses sprout.

    When you spray or mow is just as important as what you use and how you use it. The best time to use any herbicide is in the spring, right after unwanted plants start growing again. That’s usually when daytime temperatures average around 60 degrees.

    Spraying when the plants are in their most active growth stage will ensure that they’ll absorb the herbicide. A big mistake I see is when people spray their food plots in the summer, that can put a lot of stress on the plants you want to save and it might not have much effect on the plants you want to kill. Many plants essentially go dormant in the summer and don’t start growing again until fall.

    It’s a bad idea to mow in the summer. Just as spraying herbicides can stress clover and other food-plot plants, cutting them during the extreme heat of July and August can also shock the plants. If weed growth is heavy and those weeds are showing signs of seeding, set the mower above the desirable plants and cut only the tops of the weeds, or use a weed whacker string trimmer. Ideally, however, wait until fall when rain and cooler weather gives all the plants a quick burst of new growth.

    You can spray again or you can mow, but it has to be early enough in the fall that the plants are still growing. If you wait too long, the plants will be in their winter dormancy phase and herbicides won’t have much of an effect.

    Ideal temps for spraying is between 45-85 degrees.

  5. Mike Hawkins says:

    I can’t find a place to get any Daikon seed ? It’s only in mixed bags with other seed. Ins their a herbicide that will not Kill your clover just the weeds?

    Thanks Mike

  6. corey says:

    How long should you wait before planting after killing all the weeds with the roundup or glyphosyte.

  7. admin says:

    Corey,

    You can plant immediately after applying Roundup. The reason is that Roundup kills anything
    that is green and growing. Seeds are not at that stage yet.
    I have a new informational site starting on Jan 1st….in a few days.
    It will cover, in detail, everything you ever wanted to know about food plots and deer habitat.
    Here’s the link: http://WhitetailAmbushSecrets.com/squeeze-page

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