Culture Control of rush skeletonweed

Sheep: In early flowing stage it has became a low quality in the many parts of  the South East Australia. (1)

No Information available.

Tilling:  Repeated effort required
because of extensive roots and re-growth from roots and seeds. (4)
Hand Pulling: Can provide effective control of very small infestations requires removal of plant growth two or more times per year for six years. (1)  However, Oregan Noxious Weed Web says: "Do Not Pull! Pulling stimulates growth." (2)  In the British Columbia web site they say:  "Prevent plants from going to seed. Cut or pull isolated plants before flowering. If flowering has occurred, bag and remove plants for burning".(3)

Mowing: Does not effect the carbohydrates reserves, only limits seed production in very dry years. (1)

Controlled Burning:
No Information available.

Seeding/Re seeding:
Rush Skeleton needs up to 8 ft into soil with a little growth. Cept for sandy or rocky places well lateral rots are formed usually. (1)  Good vegetation inhibits establishments. (2)

It will need up to three to six weeks of rain to be successful. (1)

It often produce shoots which can reach they soil  surface from the depth up to 4 feet. (1)

Grazing methods:
Is to maintain grass stands, which will help you limit the the stage brush, It is also in Alustrlia. (1)


Literature Cited:   
(1) Sheley, Roger L. and Joseph M. Hudak, Rush Sleletonweed A Threat to Montana Agricculture, EB 132, April 1995, Montana State University, Bozeman.

(2) Oregon Noxious Weed Web, Wanted Dead : Rush Skeletonweed, Web Site:, Visited: 3/1/03.

(3) Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries from British Columbia, Web Site: htttp:// Visited: 3/1/03.

(4) Rush Sleleton, Stevens County Noxious Weed board, Web site: , Last Edited February 10, 2003.

By: Jim Kelly and David Kelly,  2/28/03. HOME      Back to Cultural Control