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Treating Stickers

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Plant burrs also known as stickers are a huge problem in Texoma.  They have taken over parks and yards, but that doesn't mean you can't fight back.

Before you can effectively treat your yard for stickers, you are going to need to know exactly what type of plant you are fighting first.

"There are a number of different plants that produce burrs or stickers and it takes a different substance to control each one," said Steve Smith, co-owner of Smith's Gardentown Farms.

If you're not sure what type of plant is producing the stickers in your yard, Smith said all you need to do is take the plant or a picture of the plant to a reputable nursery.

"Pre-emergence is a product that kills the plant as it germinates.  Unfortunately for a pre-emergence to work, it needs water," he said. 

Stage 4 Drought Disaster restrictions have banned outside irrigation.  Unless you have your own well or water source, you're going to need to wait  for a good rain. 

"Generally speaking, we need .25 to .5 inches of rain to really get it into the soil," said Smith.

If you do treat your lawn and it does not rain, you should keep your children and pets out of your yard.

"You don't want to let the children or pets on it until all the granules have been soaked into the ground," said Smith.

James Parish, Newschannel 6