cactus - Knowledgebase Question

Colorado Springs, CO (Zone 5B)
Question by witchdeb
June 5, 2005
How do you get rid of cactus in your yard?Can you spray them with something without killing the grass?I have a bad back that wont allow me to dig.Thank-You.


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Answer from NGA
June 5, 2005

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I'm not aware of an herbicide to kill cactus that wouldn't kill the grass also. However, cactus have shallow root systems, usually no more than a foot deep. You could water around it heavily to moisten the soil, wait a day, and, depending on its size, it would come out easily. If it's a prickly pear pad type cactus, you can also cut back all of the pads at the nodes. If it's a larger speciman type cacti, you should have somebody remove it for you. Good luck!

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