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Jun 22, 2022 14:01:08   #
Amator21 Loc: California
 
Weeds, especially those that constitutes a fire hazard needs to be controlled.


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Jun 22, 2022 14:06:45   #
Architect1776 Loc: In my mind
 
Amator21 wrote:
Weeds, especially those that constitutes a fire hazard needs to be controlled.


Interesting.
We used sheep in irrigation ditches fenced on both sides to keep weeds and grass down.
As far as I know this was more than 50 years ago likely 70-80.
Worked great and I still have a blanket we had made from the wool.

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Jun 22, 2022 14:09:47   #
DaveD65 Loc: Queen City, Ohio
 
Our county parks have adopted this same idea. They use sheep and goat to clear areas not accessible to mechanical mowers, it has worked out very well and gives children a chance to see them work.

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Jun 22, 2022 15:14:11   #
joecichjr Loc: Chicago S. Suburbs, Illinois, USA
 
Amator21 wrote:
Weeds, especially those that constitutes a fire hazard needs to be controlled.


Excellent job ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Jun 22, 2022 15:20:15   #
gmontjr2350 Loc: Southern NJ
 
Amator21 wrote:
Weeds, especially those that constitutes a fire hazard needs to be controlled.


These are great. For some reason, their horizontal pupils weird me out.

In the last picture, upper left, there's an Enroute Radar Dome. Where is this located?


George

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Jun 22, 2022 15:25:31   #
gmontjr2350 Loc: Southern NJ
 
Amator21 wrote:
Weeds, especially those that constitutes a fire hazard needs to be controlled.


I had another look at the pictures. "StarCreekLandStewards" are not too far from San Jose. I'll check my stuff to see which radar that is. I've done work at a few other radar sites in California, so this will be interesting.


George

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Jun 22, 2022 15:26:44   #
DirtFarmer Loc: Way too close to New York City
 
gmontjr2350 wrote:
These are great. For some reason, their horizontal pupils weird me out...


That has always intrigued me, also. I suspect that the horizontal pupils increase the resolution (by decreasing the aperture) in the vertical direction, thereby searching for airborne predators (or maybe just predators larger than the goat).

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Jun 22, 2022 15:37:06   #
DirtFarmer Loc: Way too close to New York City
 
Amator21 wrote:
Weeds, especially those that constitutes a fire hazard needs to be controlled.


Weed control, small New England farm style.

This is a flame weeder. Basically a propane torch. 300 BTU/hr. This version uses liquid propane (which is why the propane tank on the backpack frame is mounted upside down).


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Jun 22, 2022 15:54:24   #
Amator21 Loc: California
 
gmontjr2350 wrote:
These are great. For some reason, their horizontal pupils weird me out.

In the last picture, upper left, there's an Enroute Radar Dome. Where is this located?


George


The goats and the Radar Dome are in the California Half Moon Bay area. I believe the place with the dome is called Pillar Point

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Jun 22, 2022 15:57:00   #
gmontjr2350 Loc: Southern NJ
 
Amator21 wrote:
The goats and the Radar Dome are in the California Half Moon Bay area. I believe the place with the dome is called Pillar Point


Thanks!!!

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Jun 22, 2022 20:12:03   #
BArthur3
 
😉😉😉 Where I am in New England, herds are frequently rented out for poison ivy control/elimination -- it's apparently a "gourmet delight" -- even by state/municipal organizations.

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Jun 22, 2022 20:36:54   #
DirtFarmer Loc: Way too close to New York City
 
We used laundry soap. Fels Naphtha. You rub it on your arms and work up a lather, then let it dry. Get some gloves and paint them red so you can identify them. Use the gloves to pull out the poison ivy. You'll always manage to get a couple leaves touch your arms when you do that, so when you're done you just take the hose and wash your arms. The soap is already there, and provided a barrier so the oil doesn't reach your skin.

People have different levels of allergy to the oil. Some people don't get it at all and some people get it if they're in the same county. The soap only works on people who are normally allergic, not the super allergic ones.

Fels Naphtha used to be available in supermarkets but the only place I've seen it in the last few years is in the hardware store. And I haven't looked in any hardware stores in the city. I suspect any laundry soap would work but the Fels Naphtha was presented to me as a home remedy and it worked for me so I pass it along.

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Jun 23, 2022 05:51:29   #
Manglesphoto Loc: 70 miles south of St.Louis
 
Amator21 wrote:
Weeds, especially those that constitutes a fire hazard needs to be controlled.


A great method!!! As long as I DON'T have to mess with the aggravating little bastards

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Jun 23, 2022 10:21:54   #
StanMac Loc: Tennessee
 
TDOT needs some herds of these critters to control the kudzu along our Tennessee highways.

Stan

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Jun 23, 2022 10:44:52   #
Dalek Loc: Detroit, Miami, Goffstown
 
Oh no, methane gas is coming along with dung bettles.

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