How to Control Huisache

Huisache is a common plant on rangeland and pasture in the eastern half of Texas. It is a tough, aggressive, invasive species that limits forage production and decreases the value of the wildlife habitat.

Here are two three-step methods to control huisache; both are easy, inexpensive and environmentally responsible. They involve spraying a small but potent concentration of herbicide directly on each plant. Using these Brush Busters methods, you’ll be able to keep the huisache and other shrubs and trees you want and get rid of those you don’t.

Keep in mind that controlling huisache is not a one-time job. Livestock and wildlife do an excellent job of spreading seeds, so you’ll need to go over your land regularly to get rid of unwanted seedlings.

The three-step Brush Busters methods for huisache control were developed and approved by professionals with the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Service, both agencies of the Texas A&M University System. Your results may vary with weather and other conditions, but you should usually be able to kill more than 7 of 10 plants you treat.

Brush Busters recommends two ways to control huisache, depending upon the tree shape. If most of your huisache have a few well-defined stems or trunks coming from the ground, use the Stem Spray Method. If your huisaches are bushy, have many stems at ground level, and are less than 8 feet tall, try the Leaf Spray Method. Whichever you choose, these simple directions will help you successfully control your huisache the 1-2-3 Brush Busters way.