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How can I kill the weeds around my pecan tree?

There are several effective ways to manage the weeds around a pecan tree. The one you choose will depend largely upon the equipment and chemicals you use. The most common method is a close mowed sod with a herbicide strip around the tree. The main factor is to eliminate competition for moisture and nutrients and leaves a good surface for harvesting in the fall.

Round-up and other selective herbicides can be used after the trees are several years old or by using a shield. The shield will protect the tree trunk. It is important to not allow any herbicide to contact green stems or foliage.

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Filed Under: Commercial Fruit and Nuts, Fruit February 7, 2020

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Filed Under: Crops, Commercial Horticulture, Commercial Fruit and Nuts, Farming, Agri-tourism, Forages, Livestock, Local Flavor January 31, 2020

Regional agriculture advisory groups will meet across the state next month to provide input on educational programing and research conducted by Mississippi State University.

Filed Under: Commercial Fruit and Nuts January 10, 2020

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Filed Under: Commercial Fruit and Nuts, Fruit November 5, 2019

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