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30th May 2011, 02:31 PM
Round the back of our house we have a bit of rough land, its where the previous owners kept their pigs and it got quite trashed so last year we really just left it alone kids played on it more than anything,
I have been looking at it it is about 1/2 an acre maybe and i was thinking about fencing it of to put the ponies on as there is no lush grass...but there are a lot of weeds so I know the ragwort and that will be first to go but here are 5 photos of the other weeds so can you name them and let me know if they are poisonous or not. Thank you
Thanks for any help
30th May 2011, 03:27 PM
i cant name them but have seen number 1 in many grazing fields even with my old mare and she always seemed ok never really touched them x
30th May 2011, 06:10 PM
I really hope number 4s not poisonous as springer loves them! lol
30th May 2011, 07:11 PM
They are all fine, some won't get eaten, some will but they aren't poisonous.
If you want to rid the field of them and so allow the grass to re-establish, get a bottle of Grazon and a sprayer. You can fence of a bit at a time it you want to use some of the field, but they can go back on it in 7 days and it kills nettles, docks, thistles, ragwort and if used stronger brambles too!
Not cheap but a bottle lasts ages and its good stuff.
30th May 2011, 07:53 PM
Here's my thoughts:-
1. Narrow plantain - edible and mine like it
2. not sure
3. Sorrel -edible
4. Could be either cow parsley, hemlock or sweet cicely. Does it smell of aniseed when crushed? if so, its cicely. It's hard to see the leaves to tell whether hemlock or cow parsley. Cow pasley is OK (but it used to bring Gemma out in lumps) if It's hemlock it's poisonous.
5. Looks a bit like hounds tongue.
30th May 2011, 08:31 PM
4 looks a bit suspcious but im not totally sure, maybe dig them up to be sure, but most of the others we have bits of in our field and they all eat them no dead or ill ponies yet!
30th May 2011, 09:28 PM
Thank you all, fairyfeet I will look into grazon but im a bit short of money at the moment so might just have to resort to digging them out.
At least I can start putting them on it while i dig them out and know they are not poisonous I will start with no 4 just to be sure
30th May 2011, 09:49 PM
Hemlock has a smooth stem with no grooves or fine hairs.
Cow parsley has a groove in the stem the same as celery and is hairy.
My Crazy Clan
30th May 2011, 11:02 PM
1st - not sure of the name but I belive its fine.
2nd - not sure.
3rd - is sorrel, which is ok.
4th - is actually deadly I was told, we have it our field but thankfully the horses stay away from it.
5th - looks like a mixture of dock leaves and sorrel.
1st June 2011, 11:34 AM
1. is Narrow leaved plantain - which they will eat and is good for them.
2. Don't know
3. Dock - some like it before it grows too coarse
4. Yarrow - good for them, Hemlock has purplish blotches on lower stem, also smells like male mouse pee when crushed.
5. Clustered Dock
6th June 2011, 11:35 PM
no 2 may be willow herb. not sure if thast cow parsely from the leaves but i wouldn't worry too much horses are pretty sensible if they have grass they will leave the weeds alone
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