Willow island must die!


Sorry about the crummy photo, but it is the enemy after all. This is one of the (many) willows I have growing in the lake. Obviously, the water has receded some, but when the lake is full, this willow rises without apology from the water.

As you can see, the root mass of this thing is creating, effectively, a new island in the water. I’m not sure what to think of that. I suppose it’s good for the aquatic critters to have a place to hide. And maybe in time something like solid ground will appear here and give a goose a place to have a nest. Or, if the ground freezes nicely in the winter, I’ll get out there with some sharp instruments and make an effort at removing it.

I have attacked a couple of these along the shore, and though I’m assured the damned things will just grow back, they haven’t. I don’t know if they’re just waiting for me to feel confident or if I somehow managed to eradicate them. Time will tell.

Missouri calendar:

  • Tiger salamanders move to ponds in the rain.
  • Hickory nuts ripen and begin to fall.

3 Responses to “Willow island must die!”

  1. LauraP Says:

    Ah, Pablo, you must reframe your concerns about that pesky willow. ‘Tis not a pest plant bent on spoiling your lake. You’ve been blessed with free weaving material for baskets, a trellis, and wicker furniture. That regrowth habit is one of willow’s biggest assets. Then there’s willow bark tea . . .

  2. FC Says:

    Pretend they are mangroves and sip a little drink with an umbrella in it while listening to Jimmy Buffett.
    Cheaper than a Florida vacation and you can use your comfy chairs to accomplish this task.

  3. Beau Says:

    Hey, I’m with you on the willow. I spent a couple years cutting some big ones down and the roots! The just keep growing back. I’ve reached some type of balance, but you reminded me that I need to get one off the dam… it’s the roots, and they drop seed everywhere. If you don’t want a lake surrounded thick stands of them, they’ve just got to go.

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