Spraying paddocks with sugar

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  1. dreuky

    dreuky Junior Member

    Dec 3, 2014
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    Been reading about spraying paddocks with sugar water or watered down molasses. It is supposed to create soil conditions that are not conducive to broadleave weeds so they die out. Has anyone had any experience with this? the good the bad & the ugly. Also does anyone know what this would do to my dung beetles? Wouldn't want to do anything to harm those beasties.
  2. Bryant RedHawk

    Bryant RedHawk Junior Member

    Sep 8, 2014
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    If you have any ant colonies they will undergo a bloom if sugar water is sprayed on the soil.

    IF you want to use a soil treatment to discourage the broadleaf "weeds" I would think that making mineral amendments would be the way to go.
    Broad leaf weeds are indicators of calcium defect as well as manganese, iron, and probably iodine. If you get your soil more balanced, then you will see the broadleaf weedy plants go away, they won't be needed to draw up those minerals to replenish the surface minerals.

    the best thing to start with is gypsum ( use ground up left over dry wall found as scraps from some friends that are still in construction). If you see a new building going up, stop by and ask if you can gather up and take away the scraps of drywall boards. Some good sea salt will provide the other minerals as long as it hasn't been "purified". sea salt can be mixed with water and sprayed on or it can simply be sprinkled over the surface. I use about 1 lb. per quarter acre. The great thing about using this sort of product is that you don't do it every year, I did two applications (1 per year) for two years and have gone 3 without needing another application.
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  3. songbird

    songbird Senior Member

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    do you mean refined sugar instead of molasses?

    my $ would go towards seeds and establishing native
    grasses/plants. they will supply plenty of sugars
    manufactured from the sun's energy.

    if you have to do localized patches of amending to get
    a plant established that's ok, then you let it spread
    via seeds (make sure you are not grazing or mowing
    when it is not a good time).

    if you have a heavy grazing animal you may need to
    fence off areas until they are well established and can
    spread seeds. it might also be a good spot to poke a
    few native trees in for windbreak, shade and/or later
    fodder or organic materials.

    if trace minerals are needed to support animals i'd
    provide those through supplemental feed and then
    let the animals spread them around for you.

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