Aerial Spraying Results – 15 days after spraying

030 killing cattails in upper 3 cropped and resized

On Tuesday, June 16 2009 a helicopter spraying company hit our thick stands of cattails, tules, Bermuda and blackberries with a 3 quart to the acre mix of roundup.

Took a trip to Mayberry yesterday to view the results of the aerial spraying efforts. I found the cattails to be hard hit. Bermuda grass showed signs that it was on its way out. Tules looked sick, but not hard hit. The fragmities were somewhat hit, but may not have got directly hit by the spray so some were dying and others looked healthy. The berry bushes looked like they’d been fertilized.

Here are some photos.

cattail contrast cropped and resizedThis photo shows a healthy cattail patch vs one the was sprayed.

cattails pond 7 cropped and resizedHere’s the area which we considered top priority. It looks like these cattails are done for.

pond 3_0025 cropped and resizedThis photo shows some smart weed that was not hit, tules that are sick but still green and cattails which were most affected.

burmuda unsprayed cropped and resizedHere’s some healthy bermuda grass that was not sprayed. It is a dark green.

burmuda sprayed cropped and resizedHere’s some sick looking bermuda that was hit by spray.

My intention was to begin irrigation yesterday, but I decided to wait a few more days. I wouldn’t want to save any of the plants we want to kill. The cost of this effort was about $1,800 for the heliocopter and $3,000 for the materials. We’re hoping that the results are worth while, but the jury is out.

After we irrigate, we’ll do some disking and mowing to bring back some early stage vegitation.

3 thoughts on “Aerial Spraying Results – 15 days after spraying

  1. Looks like you’re making good progress. Taking out those cattails should create more landing zones and increase the bird numbers hopefully. It is interesting you mention the fragmities. I’ve become familiar with fragmities while hunting at Grizzley last year. I actually like the fragmities because it provides good cover and is easy to walk through and find birds compared to tules or cattails.

  2. Interesting project. However, using roundup on your land will make it’s way into the animals that feed on the vegetation on the land (insects etc.).

    Those insects will then have roundup within their bodies.

    The birds that come to the land through the new habitat you create will then eat the insects and other organisms that have been feeding on the vegetation that you sprayed with roundup.

    Those birds will then have roundup within their bodies.

    Whoever eats the birds will also have roundup in their bodies.

    Everything is connected, as you probably know. Perhaps there is a better land managment alternative that doesn’t involve spraying with weed killer?

    Oh and also all that roundup makes its way into the water system, into rivers and streams and wetlands etc. So… what happens to all the animals in those streams and rivers when the roundup goes there? Probably nothing good…

    Looks like a really lovely piece of land you have! I hope you enjoy it 🙂

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