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October 8, 2011
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Puncturevine - don't puncture your tires!

Whether you call it puncturevine, goathead or sandbur, it is a pain - literally. This mat-forming annual weed has hard spiny seeds that can poke holes in bicycle tires or shoes. Dogs and other animals that get a goathead in a foot start limping immediately or stop altogether until you remove the spine.

The stems on this low-growing problem weed can reach 5 feet or more in length. Seeds stay dormant in the soil for four to five years, making eradication difficult, unless you are diligent. Since the tack-like seeds readily attach to animals, vehicles, clothing and shoes, this nasty …

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The Nevada Appeal Updated Oct 8, 2011 01:47AM Published Oct 8, 2011 01:46AM Copyright 2011 The Nevada Appeal. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.