How to Control Prickly Pear and Other Cacti: Individual Plant Treatment Leaf and Stem Applications

Date of Publication
November 17, 2021
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Prickly pear is a valuable rangeland plant, but it can form dense colonies and interfere with the movement and handling of livestock, decrease forage utilization, and compete with desirable vegetation. Prickly pear are extremely tolerant of drought and harsh conditions, so they thrive across Texas, especially in the western half of the state. Controlling prickly pear is not a one-time job. Both livestock and wildlife spread seeds and scatter pads that can root into new plants, so monitor your land regularly to control unwanted seedlings. (2 pages)

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