Identifying & Eliminating Weeds in Your Deer Food Plot
There are a wide variety of weeds that could create problems for your food plot. Knowing what type of weeds are impacting your area will be important to understanding what you will need to lay down to help control them. You’ll probably want to start with Roundup®, or a generic form of it. It will kill most weeds, but if your plot is full of water hemp, a Roundup® resistant weed, you’ll need something additional, such as 2, 4-D.
The number of invasive weeds you have will also play into how much you need to spray and how often you will need to apply weed killer. You may never completely eradicate them, but keeping them from impacting your food plot is a critical step in providing a successful food source for deer.
Why Is It Important to Eliminate Weeds from Your Food Plot?
Some may be tempted to skip the weed killing step. After all, the food is just for the deer. The problem is that weeds are notorious for taking over. They will outgrow and shade the seeds you’re planting, stealing the sunlight while stripping vital water and nutrients from the soil. It’s always best to take the time to spray down weeds and start with fresh soil. Once the weeds are killed off, you can start tilling up the land.
What Should You Use to Kill the Weeds You Have?
As mentioned above, applying Roundup®, or its generic form, is a great first step in killing back most of the weeds from your food plot. Once the weeds start dying, identify anything that might be showing a resistance. Your local garden center can help identify these weeds, or there are online resources that can be used. Be sure to talk to your supplier or check the product label to see how soon you can start planting after the weeds have died—you don’t want to kill what you’re planting.