Sunday, May 29, 2016

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How to Remove Burdock

The first time we set out to pull Burdock we quickly realized that it was going to take us a lot of time to get rid of every plant. We didn’t have much of a technique on our first trip into the Five Mile Ridge area, so we just pulled the old plants out of the ground and tried our best with the plants that were still alive. It worked quite well, however, when we went there the next time we realized that it was not going to work. The thing is, we have to burn the dead plants, as they carry a multitude of little seed balls, called burrs, on their branches and it is important to stop the distribution of these seeds. We soon found out that even with our trailer we were not going to fit enough of the little burdock bushes in there. We needed a new plan so we wouldn’t have to drive back and forth transporting five plants at a time.

Burdock was the plant that inspired velcro so we thought why not stick all the burrs together and leave the big, bulky dead plant in the ground? And so we put our new idea into practice and it worked fantastically. We rolled our little burdock seeds around like snow balls and it became a lot of fun. Now we could just take our little burdock ball and brush it along the branches to leave an empty harmless plant behind. At some point we created what we lovingly called “Burdog” even though it looked more like a bear than a dog. As we went on the seeds started stacking up in the trailer like some weird monster. When time started to run out and the monster started to become too big we decided to take it all to a safe location for burning. Seeing all the little seeds being destroyed and hearing them crackling felt amazing as we knew they couldn’t distribute themselves anymore and take away the space for native plants. However, for us the burdock monster left behind a not so cute reminder of its presence. Even with all our rain gear protecting us, we felt itchy long after returning back to the ranch. Burdock doesn’t just distribute seeds that get stuck on your clothes and hair but it also seems to lose incredibly fine fibres that get embedded in your skin. In the end though it is all worth it because we rid another part of Five Mile Ridge from this invasive species.

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We are a licensed guide outfitter and we conduct guided wilderness adventures throughout our 5,000 square km operating area. This guide area has been operational since 1880, making it the oldest in British Columbia. More about us HERE.

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