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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-05-2017, 01:27 PM Thread Starter
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spraying for ferns

Anyone have recommendations on what to use for ferns? I sprayed some with roundup last year but it looks like they came back.
I have several large areas to spray. Want to kill the ferns, but not discourage new seedlings from coming up.

Anyone ever used a backpack blower/mister sprayer?

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-05-2017, 08:46 PM
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With Roundup they will come back..I would continue using Roundup,mix it a little heavier..
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-06-2017, 01:34 PM
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From what I see at our camp, ferns tend to grow where other understory plants do not. Whether its poor soil, canopy ,sunlight you have to change something or else the ferns come back. Ferns sprout from root rhizomes so they are hard to kill.

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Use OUST herbicide.
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Fire, timber, let some oaks regenerate, repeat a few times over the course of several centuries.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-09-2017, 10:34 AM
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I reached out to the Penn State Extension Renewable Natural Resources (RNR) team. They provided the following info!

In short, RoundUp (glyphosate), Oust(sulfometuron methyl) or both.

Controlling Understory Fern Competition for Regeneration Success ? Private Forest Landowners ? Penn State Extension
PDF download version - http://extension.psu.edu/natural-res...blication_file
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