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How To Control Giant Ragweed & Rid It From Your Property or Farm

hey guys this is josh here with trillium

wild edibles and today I want to do a

little video for you on how to remove

giant ragweed from your property so that

way you don't have summer allergies or

in my case also so that way you can help

out some of the other plants around now

giant ragweed is a plant that I've got

my hands right here and this is a native

plant to North America however it's also

an invasive plant in Europe and Asia

another thing to note about giant

ragweed is that it does have very

noxious pollen meaning that it does call

summer allergies and a lot of people

will mistake goldenrod for being the

cause when it's actually this plant

right here now last year I actually did

an identification video on this plant so

if you're interested in learning a

little bit more about its identification

I'll put a link in the description down

below for you guys to check that out

however in this video we will discuss

some of its identification features as

well so let's get right into that

alright giant ragweed is an annual plant

and it's native to North America the

thing about it being an annual means

that it grows once and then it dies that

year so that's kind of a good thing and

that's also kind of a bad thing whenever

this plant goes into flower which did

none of these have any flowers yet but

when they do reach flower each plant can

produce anywhere from 25 to 55 thousand

seeds so one ragweed plant can spread a

whole lot of them something that you

might notice just by looking at the

plant first and foremost is the very

unique shape of these leaves there are

three lobes anywhere from three to five

lobes however not every leaf will have

lobes on the sides of them like you can

see this one here is just a simple Lance

shaped leaf with teeth running along the

margins or the edges just like you can

see right here and then finally a third

variation on the leaves of giant ragweed

will be these leaves with five lobes

just like you can see on this one one

two three four five now granted this one

has been chewed out there are five lobes

now giant ragweed is very giant just

like its name implies not only in its

leaves but how tall this plant can

actually grow this plant can grow

anywhere from six feet tall all the way

up to 20 feet tall

in some select cases generally in my

area I find it anywhere from 10 to 15

feet tall however this plan is very

noxious around the Corn Belt of the

United States as well so if you live

anywhere in the Midwest like I do this

plant is extremely prolific and it is

everywhere which makes it a good plant

to know so that way you know where to

watch out where your allergies might be

worse and if you have it on your

property you can get rid of it

speaking of which how exactly do you get

rid of ragweed well it's actually very

simple

first and foremost find every single

plant that you have in the area like for

example we have this ragweed plant right

here so we find the top of it and we go

all the way down the stem and then once

we followed the stem all the way down to

the ground just like I have here simply

grab it between your hands and then pull

right up and then once you've done that

you're going to see the majority of the

root coming up just like you can see

here if the soil is moist now I just had

a pretty good rainstorm last night so

the soil is very moist right now which

makes all of this polling very very easy

you're not going to get all of the roots

but thankfully Radley doesn't propagate

too well by its root system

it generally grows better by seed and by

pollination so that's kind of a good

thing remember earlier whenever I said

that ragweed is very prolific within the

Corn Belt of the United States take a

look at all the ragweed that I have just

here I apologize for the wind blowing it

around but here you can see all of this

ragweed and I have a huge wall of it now

right there you can see a really tall

ragweed plant growing actually you can

see several of them growing right there

and you can see a raspberry bush that's

trying to survive and that's another

reason that I'm wanting to get rid of

all this ragweed because if we look

right back there you can see more of

these wild raspberries trying to grow

however they're not getting quite enough

Sun and that's because of this ragweed

it's over crowding them and it's

blocking out all their sunlight and here

you can see this Walla ragweed and how

tall this is this is just my height and

I'm a little over 6 foot on about 6 foot

1 so this is really really too

all thankfully it hasn't begun to flower

yet so it hasn't begun to produce its

seeds but what we're going to do is

we're going to go through and we're

going to pull all of these plants up now

you guys can see what all I've cleared

out right here a lot of this grass is

starting to even try to die off just

because the ragweed is taking all of its

light and all of its nutrients so that's

something to keep in mind is that

ragweed while it's native plant can be

very destructive to the environment and

will outgrow other plants that you may

be wanting to keep right there you guys

can see the massive pile of ragweed that

I have in front of me this is almost all

of what I pulled up in my yard I still

have a bit more to pull up but for the

most part that's pretty much it

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okay that's all there really is when it

comes to controlling ragweed within your

property so I hope this video has helped

you guys out and I thank you guys for

watching if you want to learn more about

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