The grass burrs truly are about to send me over the edge. Will we ever win this battle?
I had not even been in the garden but I had walked over to the edge of the driveway to dump the vacuum cleaner bucket. I didn’t even think I walked through any and these were in my socks and shoe laces.
I went to a friend’s and got my knitting out. One was in my yarn and one was stuck on the bottom of my knitting bag.
They hurt so bad . . they make me want to move to town where I can have a postage stamp sized lot with thick, lush green grass and no grass burrs. That isn’t going to happen!
Diana in RR,TX says
Sorry, you can still have them in town!
Those dang things are everywhere–every RV park in Texas we’ve stayed in has the blasted things. Almost every park in Florida and some in Arizona. Thankfully we don’t have them in Montana (yet!) and they are not in our yard in Arizona. Emmi refuses to go off the pavement when she realizes those burrs are in the grass.
They’re in California, too– we called ’em sticker weeds. We almost never wore shoes in the summer (unless we were going to Church or the library.) You knew that your feet had toughened up for the summer when you stopped noticing them. This occurred about three weeks or so, after several street games of SPUD and baseball.
The park in Arcadia where they have the Basset Hound Picnics is covered in them and oh, boy, you do not want to walk your dog through them.
Having grown up in Odessa, I can tell you they are in the grass, under the trees, and everywhere a person can walk. As a child about six, I walked into two feetfuls of them and thought I would die. They do seem to walk on their own!
Oh they hurt so bad on tender feet!! I don’t think you can rid of them once they start. Have you called the County Extension Office and asked what they recommend to get rid of them. Surely there’s something.
Judy S says
They do look nasty! Don’t you just love those sheep point protectors?
Toni Wood says
Haven’t seen them here in TN! Grin!
They are TENACIOUS and almost impossible to get rid of. I think all you need is seed of one sticker and they’re off to the races. AWFUL!!
I live in a big city, Mpls Mn and the hubby [ when he was working] walked the streets as a letter carrier. I would find those things on his sox and in the wash, if I didn’t catch them soon enough. Ouch!! So stay where you are, not safe anywhere!!
I keep trying to invent something that uses them. If I did, I would have a vast supply. Grin……….
They are everywhere! I doubt that moving into town will get rid of them. We call them hitch hikers in Cincinnati, oh. I think even if you pulled them out by the root and burned them, they would grow back!
Myrna sossner says
I frequently find them growing in the empty lot across from our home. I have been “caught” a few times … and our dog as well. I was told a long time ago to get two fingers VERY wet with (ahem) your spit and that will insulate you from the thorns. I have done this and it works! I also pull out as many plants as I can but ……… in an empty lot ….. yea, it is shoveling ___ against the tide!