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Old 03-19-2018, 12:15 PM
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We need homes and lumber, but I wish clear cut did not deface the land so much. What would have otherwise been a nice hiking trip is partially spoiled by areas of overgrown stickers.

The areas of clear cut can be rough on the dogs also. They do not like going through the stickers anymore than you do.

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Stickers? I watched the video hoping they would explain what they meant by "stickers". No luck.
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I know what he means, I've been there, well not there exactly but I been through a clear cut, when the tree canopy is removed the ground cover takes off and grows like mad. The ground cover can often have spines and thorns....hence stickers.
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If I know I’m going to an area with them I wear canvas/firehose style of pant. They usually don’t penetrate unless they are stout. This winter I had a 2” thorn from a tree stick me in back of the shoulder. It went through my Carhart coat, sweatshirt and T-shirt but broke off between the coat and sweatshirt. Was not fun digging that out of myself.
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Dog booties.

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maybe they are the "hijackers"? The weeds that when they die and you walk by them leave a string of their seed pods on your clothing...EVERYWHERE, and are a total pain in the ass to get them off as they go EVERYWHERE...front, back, on top of, underneath, boarders,...EVERYWHERE.
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Where I am open ground gets fire weed and Indian paitbrush comes up first and they have pretty harmless seeds. Of course wild grasses grow seeds of the thread and needle type that stick in your socks and dog fur. Your only solution is to pick them out. Ground cover is good even if it does have prickles.
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While bidens and hackelia, and desmodiums are out there...

I think the sticker probs are the brambles, mimosa vines and cat claw vines and various other green briar (smilax sp.).
Also... Horse nettle (Solanum carolinense). And... if you really want something for the dog to get into... devil's thorn (Tribulus terrestris) and devils claw (Proboscidea louisianica).

I've spent 2 or 3 decades living in various cut-over tracts...

Once they cut everything down... it's a mess... and readily available for not much $.
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in our neck of the woods they are called "goatheads"....and my dogs just had a pitiful look on thier faces....standing still waiting for me to come and pick them out...
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When I lived in NC, I worried a lot more about chiggers than about stickers. Maybe they don't have them in East Texas.
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When I lived in NC, I worried a lot more about chiggers than about stickers. Maybe they don't have them in East Texas.
Oh yes, we have chiggers.

My shoes, calf high athletic socks and jeans were all sprayed down with deep woods off before heading out.
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Oh yes, we have chiggers.

My shoes, calf high athletic socks and jeans were all sprayed down with deep woods off before heading out.
Try dusting them with Sevn dust. Dust on socks then from knees down on pants.
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Try dusting them with Sevn dust. Dust on socks then from knees down on pants.
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I don't think it is intended to be used as a protective barrier.
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Out Kev's way, they have bull nettle...
You haven't lived until you get a nice handful of cnidoscolus...

at my house I have the related Cnidoscolus stimulosus...



Don't let the pretty flowers fool you...

Scratch 7 minute itch once, you'll be scratching the rest of the day...

Feels like a fire ant bite when you brush against it... but... you can scratch a fire ant bite....
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We get cockleburs around here, they're especially rough on dogs. I've seen them get hooked so tightly into a dogs fur that they have to be cut out. Tick season is just around the corner and walking a sage flat is always followed by a tick check.
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When it comes to hunting the patches of sticker bushes can be an asset. Up here we have buckthorn and thornapple that can take over after a piece of land is logged. In the summer it is nearly impossible to walk through but it holds a huge amount of wild life whereas a pretty woods with very little undergrowth holds very little wildlife.
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The service roads and fields for the pipeline and gas wells grow up rough around here too. Hawthorns and crab apples on the sides, blackberry and other thorny undergrowth below. I've shredded more than a few pants and jackets fighting through it all. The deer really like it and so do the birds, its just hard to move and hard to find shooting lanes. I've come out of there looking like I had a fight with a bobcat, made enough noise to convince any critters in there of it too.
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Out Kev's way, they have bull nettle...
You haven't lived until you get a nice handful of cnidoscolus...

at my house I have the related Cnidoscolus stimulosus...
Oh yes, that bull nettle is some wonderful stuff.

The seeds are edible, and the leaves can be used to make a tea.
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Jewel weed cures the nettle itch.
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Burnt over areas out here grow a lot of poodle dog bush Every bit as bad as poison oak but with pretty flowers.
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