Weeds

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28.8.10

One of the peskiest problems we have on the lake is weeds. Now since moving to the lake less than a year ago I have come to feel (in my vast knowledge of weeds) that these are not just your garden variety weeds.  These weeds are colossal, slimy, wet weeds on steroids.

Now, raking these weeds out by hand is a never ending, hot and sweaty task. If you’ve ever looked into hand held weed rakes let me tell you it ain’t pretty…or easy. Dragging soaking wet vegetation though the water onto the shore is something I like to avoid if at all possible.

That is why when you see one of our resident weed harvesters you pray, hope, beg, or flail your arms in a desperate attempt to bring them closer.

On this particularly lovely Friday morning I walked onto my deck to see a lovely gentleman in a giant weed harvester directly in front of our house. He was coming to clean our muck. I should have hugged him.

Now the weed harvester is wonderful sight to see. I stood there in awe “They’re coming, they’re coming.” I ran downstairs to tell everyone.

In comes the massive “weed machine”. I like to think of it as a floating lawn mower with a few extra parts.

The captain eases the weed harvester in between the docks keeping an eye on the Jet Ski ensuring it doesn’t get sucked up into the vortex of the weed harvester.

Once he’s sure the Jet Ski is safely out of the vortex he uses the water wheel to propel the harvester forward.

It has big weed cutters in front of the bed that slice the weeds under the water.  After the weeds are sliced the water is pushed up onto the conveyor belt bringing the weeds with it.

The weeds are pushed by the conveyor belt to the back of the boat into a metal basket. They’ll stay there until the weed harvester unloads into a waiting dump truck to be hauled off to parts unknown.

Thank you Captain! We’ll be waiting for your return!

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