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The Parsnip Predator

The Parsnip Predator
Parsnip Predator Parsnip Predator detail Kathy demonstrates a Parsnip Predator Kathy uses a Parsnip Predator to sever a taproot below the crown. (It's fun!) Wild-parsnip,left-Zizia,right

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.

    Photos: (3-4) Kathy demonstrates cutting pasrsnip below the crown. (5) The Northwest Illinois Audubon Society utilizes 15-20 volunteers, armed with Parsnip Predators and gloves, to control Wild Parsnip and Burdock on both of their 40 acre preserves.

Marci and Jim Hess, members of The Prairie Enthusiasts Prairie Bluff Chapter, have found great success with the Parsnip Predator.  more info 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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