are a predator weed that invades disturbed soil all across the country.
Thistle arrived in the United States about 150 years ago when farmers
everyone recognizes a mature Russian thistle, which looks like the skeleton
dries, it rolls around and disperses seeds. Each plant averages about
250,000 seeds, which is why transporting or composting the plant at
this stage is a problem.
is an excellent article in the National Geographic magazine called
TOWN NEEDS YOUR HELP
Mow before the plant goes to seed. Compost or transport while it is still green, otherwise you will spread more seeds. Each plant is capable of dispersing 250,000 seeds.
Burn when plant is dry. Check our pages on the burn window and fire safety.
Plant competitive species of plants. Tumbleweeds don’t like lawn or well-irrigated gardens. Don't let the weeds pile up against fences or in ditches.
WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO TO HELP?
OR you can feed the young plants as silage to your stock.