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question on my first food plot

I'm planning on planting my first food plot this spring. The area is nothing but briars now that are so thick you cant walk thru it. I'm gona get a skid steer in there and clean everything out. Should I spray the briars before I tear it all up? And can I plant clover on it right away or should I just use a cover crop for now to make sure the briars don't pop up again?
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I would clear it off now, bushhog every week from now thru summer and then spray it late this summer. The other option is just to spray a couple of times this summer. The bushhogging will work on the briars because they can't take constant mowing. Do a soil test now and put appropriate lime on it. Fertilize this fall, plow, and plant a cover crop like winter rye. Plow under cover crop in the spring (lime and fertize as needed) and then plant clover or other desired food plot. I would guess that you will have issues with briars popping up for a few years. You can spray them or just keep mowing them off. I mow off my clover plot all the time, but I do it at a height where it just nicks the top of the clover. This helps control weeds and/or briars.

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Briars or multi flora rose?

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Re: question on my first food plot

I'm thinking brushhog. Wait 2-3 weeks for growth to re-emerge. Apply herbicide. Wait 3 weeks. Repeat.
Like cspot said. Take a soil test and start applying lime. I think you should be doing cover crops until sept 1, 2013.

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