How To Get Rid of Sandspurs

By Subodh / January 15, 2011

Sandspurs in the grown should be gotten rid of immediately. The reason why is because they can contaminate a person who steps on it.

Stepping on sandspur sometimes causes irritation, especially if you happen to be walking barefoot or in flip-flops. Stepping in the standspur can also be very dangerous.

What are they?

Sandspurs are dried up husks that are often filled with animal feces or other debris. These waste items may even have e-coli in them. If these get into an open sore on your foot when you step on them, they can enter your bloodstream and cause infection.

How can you get rid of them?

One of a variety of methods can be used to get rid of sandspurs. You should really know what you are dealing with, for one. This piece of advice, as well as additional tips, is further expounded upon below:

Understanding the season of sandspurs helps quite a bit. They usually are around during the summer months and they generally prefer warmer weather. They prefer dry, sandy soil and they can also be found in lawns, on sports fields, and along roadsides.

Knowing what damage they can do also is of utmost concern. The burs of this kind of plant can cling to objects, fur, clothes, or any other cloth object. (They stick in a similar way as Velcro.) Furthermore, as described earlier they can cause a major infection.

Dig them up. If you can remove them from the ground root and all it can prevent them from growing again. However, you should beware that some of the plant burs will fall off while digging them out, so you may to use a lawn rake to remove them and/or bury them.

Try treating the ground with herbicide. About mid to late spring you can treat the ground before the new sandspur seeds start to germinate. You could also check the soil temperature, which should be about 52 degrees. You can also perform this action after the seeds have already sprouted or when the ground reaches a temperature of 75 degrees.

Maintain your lawn well. If you manicure your lawn on a regular basis it can lead to less sprouting and growing of weeds. This is important because a lawn is more likely to become infested with excess weeds if it is poorly maintained.

Use a terrycloth towel to discourage the spurs. You can drag this towel across your lawn to grab the burs that have fallen to the ground. You can then either burn the towel or throw it away.