Chinese Privet

Community, Outdoors

Chinese Privet

Chinese privet is an invasive weed that grows in leaps and bounds. It is capable of taking over large areas of land. The Georgia Forestry Commission consistently lists it at the top of their Dirty Dozen for nonnative invasive plants. It can become a real problem in wooded areas, especially along wood lines and roadsides. Let’s talk about Chinese privet and how you can control it to keep it from overrunning our beautiful mountains.

Chinese privet was originally brought over to the U.S. in the mid 1800’s to be used as a hedge. By the 1950’s it had taken over entire forests. Privet puts on berries that birds and wildlife eat who spread the seeds and start new plants. Once established, the privet shrub will send up shoots around it to create a dense thicket that will force out native plants.

First, let’s talk about how to identify it. Privet is an evergreen, which means that it’s a lot easier to identify it during the winter because everything else has lost its leaves. It has thin bark with opposite leaves that are glossy. In early May, it puts on small white flowers that have four petals. It grows as a shrub, but it can grow up into the size of a small tree. The berries that it puts on are small, about the size of your pinky fingernail, and dark blue in color.

So, let’s talk about controlling this invasive weed. For starters, it’s good to be aware that controlling Chinese privet is not a one and done kind of deal. Repeated applications of herbicide will most likely be required.

Hand pulling is an option only when plants are very small. If the plant doesn’t come up easily, it’s most likely a lateral shoot off a main plant. In this case, the main plant needs to be removed. A weed wrench is a tool that can make hand pulling of plants more effective, by allowing you to hand pull bigger plants. Brush mulching will level thickets of privet, but because it doesn’t remove the roots resprouting will occur. However, that regrowth will be uniform, making it easier to control with herbicides.

The two main herbicides used to treat Chinese privet are glyphosate and triclopyr. There are a couple of different ways to make the application. A foliar application from a sprayer will work if you have a concentrated enough mix. Ready to use mixes are usually not strong enough. The issue with foliar applications is drift. Nearby plants will also be affected by the glyphosate.

A couple of other options are cut stump and basal bark. Cut stump will require a saw for you to cut the plant down to just a couple of inches above ground level. Then apply the triclopyr or glyphosate at a strong concentration using a brush on directly onto the tree where the stump is exposed. It may be beneficial to include a dye spray indicator so that you can tell which stumps have been treated. Basal bark means using triclopyr ester at the base of the plant, spraying the herbicide in a ring on the base. Herbicide treatments work well with controlling privet, but they can still be time consuming. Whenever applying any kind of pesticide always read and follow the label instructions.

If you have questions about privet control contact your local Extension Office or email me at Jacob.Williams@uga.edu.

Justice Denied, Again?

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The word is out there but for some inexplicable reason, it hasn't caught fire that Hillary & #39s hacked
email server caused the executions of all of America’s human assets (spies) in China. Perhaps
it’s because the Republican candidate for Florida’s governorship used the racist word “monkey”
and the deranged media went nuts again. The PoPO’s (Party of Perpetual Outrage i.e.:
Democrats) go nuts over just about anything if it advances their agenda, but Hillary must be
saved at all costs. Peter Strzok apparently knew about it! Is justice to be denied yet again?

The consequence of Hillary Clintons hacked illegal email server, crimes that still lie on fallow
ground for purposes of criminal justice cannot be denied. It now appears it wasn’t the Russians
as the PoPO’s staged, who hacked Hillary's server, but the ChiComs. Everybody else was
simply invited in to read DNC emails by John Podesta, the DNC Chairman who assumed control
after the feckless Debbie Wasserman Schultz opened the gates of the DNC website to the eyes
of the Jihadist world by hiring a family team of Pakistani IT experts, to run their site.

Accusations of collusion with those pesky Russians could better serve Hillary’s interests if it was
alleged that it was that awful Trump who collided with them, not Hillary. To this very minute,
Hillary’s totally debased and discredited scheme to destroy Donald Trump is still plodding its
way through a legal morass of lies, innuendos, and deceptions, all of which have exposed the
frightening depths of FBI and DoJ corruption, “not a smidgen” of evidence to implicate Trump.

But, back to Hillary. It is now reported that it was in fact, a Chinese firm, operating in Wash. DC,
that actually hacked Hillary’s unlisted, unauthorized and unsecured email server, reading every
word that passed between her and the State Department, her and Obama, and her and the
heads of the several US Intelligence agencies entwined in the web of her corrupt machine.

Consequently, US Spies in China were summarily rounded up and executed. Thank you, Hillary,
and Barak, Brennen, and Clapper for your good works protecting America whilst delivering our
human assets to the executioners of the Chinese state. I don’t know if a body count of deaths
directly attributed to Hillary Clinton can ever be tallied, let alone adjudicated in a court of law but
we don’t forget the things we did see, i.e.: the brutality of the deaths of the Benghazi four, the
poor young sot who was a DNC staffer murdered on his Washington DC door steps allegedly for
passing DNC emails to Wikileaks and now, a dozen or more US spies in China.

Yet, the attacks go on. Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal had the audacity to insist that
Robert Mueller could mount a case against Trump for obstruction of justice after Trump
confirmed that White House counsel Don McGahn would be leaving the administration in the
fall. This came from a politician who claimed Vietnam wartime exploits he never achieved
because he was never there. To be fair, he was a Sgt. in the Marine Corps Reserve. That was it.

Hillary’s crimes are nearly an open book of treasonous activity easily provable in a court of law.
To the reasonable American citizen, one who could be empaneled as a juror say, the cries of
“treason” ring out loud and clear. Why does no one in the halls of justice seem to care? Why do
politicians, in both parties, not care. Why don’t we agree to execute spies? We used to. We
execute criminals, murder babies in the womb but we don’t kill spies. Why? There’s a nest of
them in Obama’s administration that, if properly investigated and tried, would find themselves
quickly standing on the hangman’s scaffold. Maybe we could hire a Chinese executioner who
has no compunction to doing his duty. Just saying!

Remember, freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get’m! (30Aug18).

GMFTO 2/25/16 George McClellan

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