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MAKEOVERS AND STEWARDSHIPS

A Teasel "Weed Patch" in Burr Ridge, Illinois, in desperate need of Stewardship


August 2009

Ordinary weed-wackers and garden tools would be useless fighting a jungle like this. The thick, hard stems of the Teasel are over an inch thick. This tool has a radial saw blade that cuts through the weedy growth like a hot knive through butter. It can even cut down small trees over an inch thick down.


Ugly, isn't it!?!

We decided against initially herbiciding the area and cutting it down at a later date because the owner wanted it looking better right away. It turns out that was a good plan.

We thought it would be much easier to herbicide the shorter regrowth and new sprouts than dealing with the seven foot tall mess.


This "Bearcat" has a large sharp circular saw blade and is very powerful. It can also be used with the nylon weed-wacker type of cutting strings (which proved useless here as they broke off constantly).

WHEN USING ANY TYPE OF POWER EQUIPMENT IT IS MANDITORY THAT PROPER EYE PROTECTION BE WORN.


After the weeds are cut down, we raked them up into a pile to be disposed of at the end of the day.


It looks like a field covered with many five foot tall haystacks.


A 5.5 horsepower. mulching lawnmower turns the stubble into a fine powder which will decompose quickly and disappear. In the background is a large pile of cut Buckthorn -- which is another story in itself.

It is incredible! After the Teasel and the other weeds were cut down and removed and the area gone over with the mulching lawnmower, the turf grass looked relatively okay. A program of regular mowing should keep the weeks under control and the lawn looking presentable.


What a surprise! It looks like Toby's long lost twin. Was he hiding in the weeds? No. He belongs to the next door neighbor.


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