Spraying the wetland

A long warm fall has kept all the weeds green - hard on the bees, because they are still flying, but there is no food, but great for getting one more weed control measure in.   Most of the wetland area is not too bad in terms of weeds - a lot of mustards, dock, and other things that won't be competitive in the long run.  However, there are a few places, especially along the edges that have reed canary grass and canada thistle - two pretty worthy opponents.   We had been just working up the soil to keep weeds down, but since we had the time and the resources, we decided to break out the big guns.  I've worked in prairies before that have had reed canary grass and canada thistle, and they are really hard to rid of once they are established.   We are going to have a constant issue, since the property to the west of our restoration parcel is full of them, so I want to give everything the best chance that it has of getting established.   

 

 Adding water to the tank - getting ready to face the reed canary grass.  It has been so warm that everything is still green and growing, into November. 

Adding water to the tank - getting ready to face the reed canary grass.  It has been so warm that everything is still green and growing, into November.