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for those that have a pond,...
« on: August 24, 2018, 08:45:17 PM »
If you keep the shore trimmed how do you do it?
I use a Stihl (I think it is a FS 45) trimmer with a metal tri-blade that does a great job of cutting everything in its path. The problem is that running it kills my back with all the bending to reach the waterline.
What do you use to keep the weeds and cattails at bay?
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We do use barley straw in the pond, that really helps with plants in the pond.

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Re: for those that have a pond,...
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2018, 08:58:16 PM »
I use a hedge trimmer attachment on my Stihl Combi, it doesn't throw stuff like a blade or strings and then I use a rake to pull out anything that fell in. I don't know if that's better but it's what I do.
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Re: for those that have a pond,...
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2018, 10:04:54 PM »
wait till you 67

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« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2018, 05:15:33 AM »
wait till your 83 ;D
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Re: for those that have a pond,...
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2018, 06:27:57 AM »
wait till your 83 ;D

OK, I'll take your advise. If I ever get a pond, I'll wait until I'm 83 to trim it. 
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Re: for those that have a pond,...
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2018, 07:16:07 AM »
Someone on here, I can't remember who, would chain 2 long pipes/poles from there tractor bucket and suspend an old push mower from the end of it to mow around there pond.
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Re: for those that have a pond,...
« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2018, 10:38:34 AM »
 :D
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Re: for those that have a pond,...
« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2018, 11:14:55 AM »
I have a small pond with steep banks and have the same problem keeping it trimmed. I've found that working from the middle of the bank and sweeping the trimmer sideways to the bank is easiest and least tiring. Alternately I try to get one of my sons or my SIL to do it!
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« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2018, 01:51:24 PM »
When youre 83 you wont need to trim it, you'll need to log it.  
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« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2018, 02:06:15 PM »
The worst thing that I did at my pond was planting Cypress trees.  Spraying will not be "out" for me because I will have to kill all of the roots when the trees come down....very soon.

Cypress knees are bad dudes.  :-\
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« Reply #10 on: August 25, 2018, 03:00:39 PM »
I let my pond have the woodsy look  :)
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« Reply #11 on: August 25, 2018, 03:36:12 PM »
I let my pond have the woodsy look  :)
I don't have a pond, and most people wouldn't like my laissez faire management style, but when I find myself fighting nature, I question my goals and tactics, then see where I can adjust to make my life easier. Options for me would be letting some of it grow wild(cattails are attractive, and food!), then keep a small portion clear for whatever(view, fishing, boat launch...). Maybe split the difference and selectively cut to keep it semi wild. Lots of options if you aren't going for a Southern Living cover.

My overall philosophy is nature always wins, and will outlast me. If I can change myself to get along, it'll make things easier for all involved, and will probably be objectively better, if not subjectively.

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« Reply #12 on: August 25, 2018, 04:34:33 PM »
How about some goats ?
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Re: for those that have a pond,...
« Reply #13 on: August 25, 2018, 09:27:25 PM »
Sheep would be better.  Goats prefer mostly leaves not grass.

We turn our cows in there periodically and goats to tame the herbacious growth.
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Re: for those that have a pond,...
« Reply #14 on: August 25, 2018, 09:53:00 PM »
Dump some tires, cinder blocks, shingles, glass and 55gal chemical drums around the perimeter.  Insist that this is modern industrial art.  And stand your ground on that.   

Your wife and neighbors will will ask that you fertilize instead of mow thereafter.  Problem solved.
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« Reply #15 on: August 25, 2018, 10:53:53 PM »
Shooting coyotes that want to eat my chickens seems to keep the grass short around one of our ponds. 
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Re: for those that have a pond,...
« Reply #16 on: August 26, 2018, 08:22:01 AM »
Leave it thick to make it harder for trespassers to fish  ;D.  
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« Reply #17 on: August 26, 2018, 05:18:48 PM »
Shooting coyotes that want to eat my chickens seems to keep the grass short around one of our ponds.
At risk of sounding dumb, I dont get it  :) :)

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« Reply #18 on: August 26, 2018, 08:25:53 PM »
A little poetic license there as in I have so many yotes after my chickens around the pond that the bullets keep the grass mowed. Obviously not quite that bad, but it sure is close to it. We are overrun with them at times. Middle of the day I have seen them come out and grab a bird, of course the only thing I have close by is a sharp stick when that happens.  >:(
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« Reply #19 on: August 26, 2018, 10:12:18 PM »
I use a Bobcat with a 5' wide brush cutter. For the tough to reach places I use my excavator with a flail mower on the end. Makes quick work of a tough job. I just upgraded to a bigger excavator so I could get AC in the summer.
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« Reply #20 on: August 27, 2018, 05:04:56 AM »
brush cutter/mower heads for your excavator...
is there one for your loader?
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« Reply #21 on: August 27, 2018, 08:02:24 AM »
You can even get a giant hedge trimmer for a mini excavator.
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« Reply #22 on: August 27, 2018, 09:47:31 AM »
I use my weedeater with strings most of the time. I would like to get a sickle bar mower and use that. Then I could just drive tractor around and cut everything off.
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« Reply #23 on: August 27, 2018, 10:07:26 AM »
Be careful with equipment around ponds.  My Grandpa just about rolled his 300 Farmall into his pond clipping around it with his sickle mower.  A back tire fell through into a beaver tunnel in the bank.  He knew to throttle up and claw out.  If he'd have pushed in the clutch he'd have been in the water with the tractor on top of him.  Many machines have ended up in ponds with their operators hurt or killed. 
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« Reply #24 on: August 27, 2018, 01:19:09 PM »
I mow around my very small pond with a cub tractor with sickle bar. If I had a real pond it would be full of logs.

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« Reply #25 on: August 27, 2018, 01:40:29 PM »
Corley, I agree. I have dropped the zero turn into the pond a few times :) Good thing it bottoms out before it gets to deep.
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Gives new meaning to the term "splash the zero"
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« Reply #27 on: August 27, 2018, 02:25:02 PM »
yep done the same thing seem like when I get near the pond all 4 wheels feel like they are on ice and next thing I know seating in the seat with water up to my knees. :D





this is my brother lawn more told him I was trying to load it in the boat to go to the other side ;D got it out did not get water in the engine has sealed pump so all was good just looks bad. Old men and new toys don't mix sometimes.
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« Reply #28 on: August 27, 2018, 02:43:42 PM »
I finally put ATV knobby tires on it and have not had that problem since :) The stupid grass turf tires were just like driving on ice.
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« Reply #30 on: August 29, 2018, 09:34:38 PM »
Stuart,
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« Reply #31 on: August 30, 2018, 06:10:01 AM »
In a former life with a former wife I had a half acre surface area pond I dug with a 1943 D4 cat .The inside banks were on a four or five to one slope .As such I had a 6 feet wide flail that if I was careful I could get right to the waters edge .I did on several occasions manage to get the front tire of the tractor a little too close and stick it .Only once did I have to get the dozer to retrieve the tractor .

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« Reply #32 on: August 31, 2018, 10:51:05 PM »
The grass banks I mow as close as I dare with a riding mower.  The trim I do with a scythe.  The weeds in the water I also did with a crappy but sharp scythe and a pair of fishing waders.  The cat tails were growing in heavy and we had a Muskrat move in.  That thing ate 98% of the cat tails and all but a couple of he skunk cabbage.  I can put up with it's little nest and tunnels in our little island for all the weed control help.
It has an over flow called a glory hole, a vertical open pipe.  Acts like a pool skimmer and really helps(!)


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