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At last week's advanced class, I was pretty surprised at how fast the undergrowth was springing up now that the temperatures have warmed and the rains have been steady. To be honest, I felt embarrassed that the trails I consider my own were so overgrown. It's amazing how fast the weeds and grass grow on the trails when you don't use them for a few weeks.

Trying to come up with a safe way to spray the salt vinegar and soap solution is a tough challenge on slow speed trails. Trailers would be too heavy and couldn't make it over the obstacles, the UTV we used to use I can't haul anymore because I don't have a truck currently, and we needed an affordable solution to get on top of this problem.

After a consulting with a few of you, I decided to try a hitch carrier with a 25 gallon broadcast sprayer. This seems like a relatively good way to spray while still being able to crawl the hills. I realize 25 gallons isn't a lot, but there really is no other solution that's affordable at this time. The setup is very light when it's not full of liquid and I would imagine any of the volunteers could easily use this setup with their rig. I have to wire my auxiliary two switch to run the pump, And there is enough room to put a battery on the back right next to the pump as well.

I believe this weekend I'm going to try and sneak out to the camp and try this out to get ready for the upcoming beginners ride. It's my hope to get this brush under control before fire season when the vegetation dries out and we have a bunch of hot vehicles crawling over it.

Most of the time we are out there using hedgers and weed wackers... But that's a crazy amount of manual labor hours that I don't have time for right now. I know so many of you are willing to help I just don't know how to fit work days between event days and this problem has been compounded by everything being closed for most of the Spring. I pray that Jay and Tammy and others can set up a real local club to take ownership of the riding areas we have down here because I suck at delegating volunteer work and have too much on my plate as usual. We have to keep our trails safe and brushed it's all part of the stuff we need to do to keep growing this thing.
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If you would like help with the weed problem I am willing to help this weekend. I work until 10 am. On Saturday after that I’m free.
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Now that's a good idea.. I wish I could show you how to wire your auxiliary switch from your harness under your hood to the rear bumper because we have a second 10 gal sprayer... if both of us were out spraying that would cut the time down substantially. There's still some stuff we could do with loppers and trimmers though so I'm bringing out the gladiator would be a big help. I have to try to make it work bench in the garage so I have a better place to make signs on Saturday. Was thinking Sunday late morning to head out there...
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I’m in just let me know a time and I’ll be there. Also I have a chainsaw, weed eater and gas. Looking forward to helping.
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I also can be available to help.
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I think the plan is to go to Sinawa around noon on Sunday. Bring stuff to brush trails and such.
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I will see you around noon then. Thank you.
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Ok sounds good!
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I'm happy to report that our efforts greatly reduced trail vegetation months after it was applied. This is a very cost effective way to maintain trails that are not ridden every weekend. During the first test, we didn't use a lot of herbicide or salt and vinegar solution just to test out how the trails would react without burning the vegetation out completely. I would say this is a very cost effective way to manage 200 plus acres of crawling trail. It will be vitally important to spray in the spring so we can reduce fire danger in the fall. The camp could use another spray and I could even turn on the side sprayers a little bit. Again, we didn't want to overdo it and a little bit goes a long way. One bottle quite literally did all of the trails I think we refilled that 25 gallons about 10 times.

Here's a picture of what wild Rose looks like as of yesterday. As you can see, the vegetation is growing back but not nearly at the rate it was. With 90° heat and the amount of rain we've gotten, vegetation can grow nearly a foot a day for some species.
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What we're trying to avoid here is tall grass that can catch fire from the undercarriage if and when we have our hot end of summer beginning of fall days. This is another huge reason to have skid plates over the hot parts of your underbody.
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