How to Get Rid of a Tumbleweed Plant


Russian thistle, commonly known as the tumbleweed plant, is a spiny non-native plant categorized as a noxious weed. Russian thistle is characterized by long, spiny green stems growing in a rounded mound. Hand weeding is the most effective form of control for residential landscapes. A well-maintained yard and garden helps to prevent the reappearance of Russian thistle.

Things You'll Need

  • Gloves
  • Black garbage bags
  • Identify tumbleweed plants by looking for the characteristic spiny stems. Wearing gloves to protect hands, grasp the plant by the base and pull upward to remove the plant from the ground.

  • Place the removed tumbleweeds in heavy plastic bags, tie tightly and place in the garbage for disposal.

  • Tend gardens and lawns regularly to promote healthy, vigorous growth of desired plants as Russian thistle is easily out-competed for space by thriving plants.

Tips & Warnings

  • Properly disposing of removed plants prevents the spread of seeds.
  • Hoeing the soil can also be effective at removing Russian Thistle, provided all plant tissue above the soil surface is removed.

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