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« Reply #20 on: November 05, 2007 08:39:09 AM »

I wonder if anyone has ever tried to work with a tumbleweed plant.  I ask because my mom does this with wild rose bushes...by the time she is done with them they look like they belong in a formal french garden (think marie antoinette) and it occurs to me that if they get good thick trunks and grow up to 5 feet tall and can be pruned into shape they could actually be a good thing?  yes , no ?

Tumbleweeds don't flower or do anything but jab you and stick into your clothes when you brush against them.  Even when they are in full green in the middle of the season, they don't look very pretty at all.  The really bad part is if they grow near any type of plant or tree and they are allowed to grow season after season they will take the soil moisture away from the other plants and will eventually kill them.   Grass won't grow near them and really they are just a pest.
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« Reply #21 on: November 06, 2007 09:39:25 AM »

Ahhhh I see ... Off with their heads then! Cheesy
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« Reply #22 on: November 06, 2007 10:36:12 AM »

And isn't the natural way they disperse their seeds by tumbling?  It's really hard to fight nature.  Wink
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