General Maintenance Docks, Spear & Creeping thistle
Where: Hill Top Farm, Spaunton, York
When: May / June / July 2004
Detail: Follow-up on Moor field, Docks in Spring Wheat,
Spear Thistles at High Cross. Continue control on pastures
& Common Land. Creeping Thistle, Bracken, Spear thistle.
(4 Local lads at work/ 2 weeks). Topping control on moorland
taken:. Creeping thistle chiselled in fields. Docks
were removed from wheat crops (along with Spear thistle
around the field boundaries).
thistle in pasture was removed earlier in the year. There
was plenty of ‘follow-up’ work on Creeping thistle
on permanently grazed moorland-edge grasses. Where a topper
could be used, it was, and experiments with a very close-to-the-ground
setting (using a narrow machine & sharpened blades),
were set in motion. Bracken was pulled by hand (from heather),
and chiselled where possible.
Support from E.N. certainly enabled more work on the
Common (moorland). Our chisel hoe work on Creeping thistle
in fields, is much less than it used to be (despite 2004
being the wettest summer for encouraging this weed).
control is the biggest worry, especially where it is creeping
speaking , the main weeds in our fields are under fairly