American bur reed up close with some flowers spent

Control Bur Reed

Many people ask how to get rid of bur reed. The following options can be considered for how to control bur reed.


Manual/Mechanical Control:

If you are considering how to remove bur reed, physically cutting this plant and digging up the roots can be a somewhat effective method of control. However, physical control can be difficult. American bur reed can re-grow from any seeds or roots remaining in the water.


Herbicide Control:

There is an option for how to kill bur reed that offers some control.


Treatment Tips:

  • With Imox or other systemic herbicides, treatment is most effective when the plants are mature or close to full grown. This allows for more plant surface to spray enough mixture on.
    • Treat in late summer to early fall to get better kill of the root systems. At this time, plants are pulling energy into their roots to store for the winter.
  • A second treatment will likely be needed.
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