The Parsnip Predator
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The Parsnip Predator

$60.00


Shipping fee is included (within the contiguous US). Prairie restoration is a highly rewarding experience, though success does not come without occasional management. One of the more difficult tasks in prairie management is the suppression of invasive plant species. While many techniques have been employed to control non-native species, few are as precise and environmentally friendly as The Parsnip Predator. Developed and constructed by The Prairie Enthusiasts, Prairie Bluff chapter of Southern Wisconsin, this hand-adapted, specialized tool makes the removal of Wild Parsnip, Queen Ann's Lace, Burdock, Thistles, or any undesirable tap-rooted plant as straightforward as a well placed slice. By slicing, not prying, below the plants crown, the Parsnip Predator effectively severs crown buds, resulting in root death without soil disturbance.

The Parsnip Predator utilizes a compact size, ergonomic, rotated handle and custom-cut, narrow blade to make slicing easy and effective, all in a tool that is durable and lightweight. The blade is made of tempered steel that can be sharpened.

Here's how The Prairie Enthusiasts adapted this tool:

  • Cut away the sides leaving about 3 inches of blade tapering in the middle.

  • Cut the tip so it was concave (“notched”) for easier centering on the root.

  • Remounted the D-handle so it was perpendicular to the blade, making it more ergonomic, like a saw.

Marci and Jim Hess, have found great success with the Parsnip Predator.  Read more on their blog: DriftlessPrairies.org

PLEASE NOTE: Use caution when managing Wild Parsnip which contains a Phytophototoxin that can cause burning, itching, stinging, and large blisters when exposed to sunlight. Be sure to wear long sleeves and gloves. Also, be sure you know the difference between invasive Wild Parsnip and non-invasive beneficial natives such as Golden Alexanders and Prairie Parsley.

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*PLEASE NOTE: we are a mail order nursery and have no retail facilities, but you may pick up your order if prior arrangements are made. Pick up orders are subject to **MN Sales Tax.

Shipping & Handling Charges
TOOL SHED and BOOKS have the shipping fee included in the cost of the item. In other words, they SHIP FREE!

**MN State Sales Tax of 7.375% is applied for orders shipping to Minnesota only.

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PREDAT-M