How to Kill Desert Broom Plants

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Baccharis sarothroides, more commonly known as desert broom or broom baccharis, is a shrub-like, flowering plant. Desert broom plants prefer to grow in dry, gravelly soil and are thus most commonly found in the Southwestern United States as well as Mexico. They are often without their leaves or flowers, appearing almost like a dead bush. They are not the most aesthetically pleasing plants in the world and many people take steps to kill them when they show up in their yards. While baccharis sarothroides tends to thrive easily and be difficult to kill, if the proper steps are taken it is possible to get rid of it once and for all.

Things You'll Need

  • Cup
  • Saw
  • Paint brush
  • Pour undiluted glyphosate weed killer, with a minimum concentration of 18 percent, into a cup. The most common type of glysphosate weed killer is Roundup, but there are many others.

  • Cut the desert broom plants down close to the ground using a small saw or brush cutters.

  • Apply the concentrated weed killer from the cup onto the freshly cut stems with a paint brush.

Tips & Warnings

  • The best time to apply weed killer to the plant is while it is still actively growing, which is in mid to late spring. Apply the weed killer immediately after cutting the branches so they can absorb the glyphosate and carry it down to the root, killing the plant. Be sure not to get any of the weed killer on surrounding plants or they too will likely die.
  • Keep weed killer out of the reach of children as it is poisonous. Do not pour any leftover weed killer back into the bottle as it may cause contamination. Likewise make sure to thoroughly clean the paint brush you use to apply the weed killer to the plant.

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