Originally Posted by joecaption
As suggested test the soil, while your waiting for it to come back spray the area down with Round Up. Give it time to kill everything including the roots.
Round up is not all that strong and will stop working shortly and will have no effet on the new plants after about 30 days.
Do not rototill, Use a grub hoe or a 4 pronged potato rake. This time of year you may just be burrowing the weed seeds if you till it.
Got a pickup truck with a hitch? I try and pull trees out by the roots with a chain and my truck, one end has a slip hook the other end has a grab hook. The slip hook acts like a noose around the tree when you drive off.
If you just cut them off there going to just grow back.
Wouldn't spraying down the area with Round Up alter the soil and disrupt the soil test that the lab is performing? Or, perhaps it should have no affect?
But as you suggested, maybe this is commonly done when first starting:
1) Take a soil sample and then mail or send it to a lab for soil analysis.
2) Spray the area down with Round Up to kill everything down to the roots.
3) Allow at least 30 days to pass to let everything die.
4) Then follow what the LAB results say in treating the soil?
Is that how I should go about doing it? No real after affects in using round up? Reality is, I have to start somewhere.
It's my fault in regards to my explanation of trees. It's mostly grass, weeds, random small plants which I have no idea what they are growing there. And, there are 'small' trees also growing...ohhh about 1 feet tall. So no..they are not really big trees. I've tried to kill these small trees though before they get too big. But they grow back. To kill them, I've had to dig down to the roots. They have just randomly popped up and I've kept going back to kill them. But, great suggestion in how to pull them out if they were huge!
So, I really like the idea of using Round Up and just kill everything off for 30 days. Would be nice to just see .... soil...instead of random growing stuff! THEN, after everything is dead I can start planning on what to put in it's place and after I've treated the soil by doing what the lab results suggest.
I'll keep you posted on when I send in my soil to the lab. And, I will let you know what the lab results are too.
First, I will do as has been said here and look into what lab to use in my area for soil analysis.
Please let me know how to approach using Round UP and how it may affect the soil tests and the lab results I receive?