There are available herbicides that not only kill the above ground portion of the weed/brush but the roots. Roundup or generic Roundup works well for me. The generic Roundup is about 1/2 the price of the original product.Don McCombs wrote:The term "burn down", although it may be a local thing here, does not refer to actual burning with flame. It means to apply an herbicide to kill all the existing vegetation down to bare ground.FLOPGUY wrote:I can't burn.
1/2 acre. For around $200-, $250- you can get an ATV sprayer with boom and a couple gallons of generic Roundup.
Since it's near mid July, I would burn down/herbicide the entire 1/2 acre. Wait 2 weeks, then sow forage radish. Forage radish seed is inexpensive and the radish root bores holes in the soil, some 18" deep. I use forage radish because of this area's clay content in the soil and the radish provide a winter cover crop as well as green manure.
There other crops that might work better than forage radish for a fall/winter cover crop for your area.
Any way, I would burn down the 1/2 acre and kill the plants to their roots. Let the roots rot off. Small roots, most should be rotted withing a year.
Actually, it's hard to believe that you have been trying to clear the 1/2 acre plot for 4 years.