Tree Removal on Lake #3 Dam

In years past we have had studies presented to the Lakes & Parks committee members that showed trees growing on pond dams can be harmful to the dam itself as the trees mature.  Essentially  the roots grow into the dam but when they die the roots decay leaving  a weakened porous dam that can break.

In the 20 plus years that I have lived in Country Place, I do not believe the trees have ever been removed from Lake 3 dam.  They are now reaching the size that  harmful  root growth will become a problem.  I have asked Andrew Roman to give us a bid on removing those trees along the dam. I asked for 2 bids, one,on the  tree and brush removal and burning the brush at the site..  A second bid on using a chipper to strew the chips along the back side of the dam which would in effect be fertilizer.  In both bids I asked for a root kill to be applied so that the trees would not return from the stump.  Andrew checked this out and reported his research showed that the chemicals used to stop future growth might be harmful to the water and to fish.  I will  check this out myself to see if any chemical is available that we might use.

The bids are:
Tree and brush removal and burned on the site.  $350
Trees and brush removal and chipped on site.     $600.

Both bids seem reasonable to me.

Of course we can have a work day and do the work our selves if the board would like that.  I am willing to do what I can.

Jerry Jones

September Garden Club Meeting @ Mohr’s

Garden Club will be Tuesday, Sept 8 at 11:30 a.m.
Rebecca Mohr’s home.
19409 Lakeshore Drive
All are welcome!

Mohr Later!

Jacksonville Tomatoes, Noonday Onions


I’ve been stopping at the stand in Flint (NE corner of FM 346 & Old Jacksonville) buying fresh local produce and have gotten some very good Jacksonville tomatoes and Noonday onions. Slice ’em thick and make a Dagwood sandwich…mmmmm!

Country Place Visitors

Last week during our morning walks Kratos and I saw two birds hunting along Copperoaks. They were lighter in color, more streamlined, and had more pointed wings than our local hawks. This morning I asked one of our neighbors, an avid birder, about them and he said they were Mississippi Kites just passing through on their migration south, perhaps as far as Argentina.