So what are you saying Dave? I am going all around the houses to say. I have contradicted myself big time this last week. Every farm around here seems to be getting destroyed with rushes. We have attempted to strim them and top them with the tractor topper, but they still come back. A lot of organic farms use toppers and probably destroy a lot of natural insect and bird and animal habitats during the process.
I would never use weedkiller on my vegetable plot or artificial fertilizers on my fruit and vegetables. But we (very reluctantly) have decided to use some glyphosate on the pasture and silage (hay making is a distant dream) fields.
Number one son (Caractacus Potts :"Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" farm inventor) only decided to make a weed licker/wiper. This consists of a pump (connected to the back light of the tractor) trickling weedkiller on a carpet covered roller, suspended on a frame, over rushes, buttercups and other weeds.
Manufactured 'Weed Lickers' cost over a thousand to buy. Number one son made it for less than 350 Euros. We gave it a go last week and it seems to have done the trick. Here's a few pics.
We took it for 'field' trials and the wheels gave up on us. A kind farming neighbour gave us two rubber wheels off an old silage harvester for free. They are just the ticket and look like the land wheels on an a aeroplane.