Thorny problem (literally!)


Old 04-11-17, 06:38 PM
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Thorny problem (literally!)

Hi everyone! My title says it all-- I have a thorny problem, literally. I want to know what kind of protective gear I can get to prevent painful thorn pricks to my hands when cutting down and disposing of the many, many thorny plants I have in my yard. Obviously Playtex-type gloves are not enough. So what do professionals do?
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Old 04-12-17, 02:53 AM
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Something leather with wrist protection like these will work. Firm Grip Leather-Palm Large Gloves (3-Pairs)-6023-24 - The Home Depot
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The work gloves I use look just like the ones Larry provided a link for.
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I just wear a heavy long sleeve shirt and leather work gloves. If you have to crawl into a brier patch I also like safety glasses.

If you have plants with big thorns like briers I like to kill them before removing otherwise they quickly grow back. I spray any part of the plant that is green with a brush killer like Crossbow or a broad leaf herbicide containing glyphosate such as Roundup or Honcho. Then I wait at least several days for the herbicide to have a chance to get down to the roots preferably waiting until the plant is visibly dead then remove.
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Once the briers are cut, a pitch fork is a handy tool to use to remove the briers.
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