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Cutting weeds by the road side

Cutting weeds by the road side

Postby btom » Oct 21st, 2017, 7:10 pm

I am from the prairies where the municipalities keep the roadsides and ditches cut. I cant get over the mess we let grow out here. You would think just for the fire hazard alone this would be done. Lake Country

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Re: Cutting weeds by the road side

Postby lightspeed » Oct 22nd, 2017, 8:41 am

btom wrote:I am from the prairies where the municipalities keep the roadsides and ditches cut. I cant get over the mess we let grow out here. You would think just for the fire hazard alone this would be done. Lake Country


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Re: Cutting weeds by the road side

Postby Impulse_rs » Oct 22nd, 2017, 8:58 am

Because our government is too busy installing free wifi on the KVR (middle of the bush in no-mans land) and doing other silly little projects there is no money left for maintence.

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Re: Cutting weeds by the road side

Postby dogspoiler » Oct 22nd, 2017, 9:08 am

maybe we could hire the homeless to do some weed cutting.
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Re: Cutting weeds by the road side

Postby johnny24 » Oct 22nd, 2017, 9:10 am

btom wrote:I am from the prairies where the municipalities keep the roadsides and ditches cut. I cant get over the mess we let grow out here. You would think just for the fire hazard alone this would be done. Lake Country


Always so much better everywhere else, yet people keep moving here to help us improve our city.
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Re: Cutting weeds by the road side

Postby GordonH » Oct 22nd, 2017, 9:12 am

I suspect the lack of regular cutting of roadside grass could be due to amount spark created by hitting unseen metal object & rocks.
With the very dry conditions, sparks & dry grass = grass fire pretty quickly.
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Re: Cutting weeds by the road side

Postby Scrobins94 » Oct 22nd, 2017, 11:19 am

dogspoiler wrote:maybe we could hire the homeless to do some weed cutting.


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Re: Cutting weeds by the road side

Postby Dizzy1 » Oct 22nd, 2017, 11:43 am

dogspoiler wrote:maybe we could hire the homeless to do some weed cutting.

SJW's would have a hay day with that one :up:
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Re: Cutting weeds by the road side

Postby Bsuds » Oct 22nd, 2017, 12:02 pm

dogspoiler wrote:maybe we could hire the homeless to do some weed cutting.


Or prisoners. The Ol Chain Gang days. :up:
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Re: Cutting weeds by the road side

Postby Grandan » Oct 22nd, 2017, 12:30 pm

btom wrote:I am from the prairies where the municipalities keep the roadsides and ditches cut. I cant get over the mess we let grow out here. You would think just for the fire hazard alone this would be done. Lake Country

There are a number of reasons,not least of which is the availability of machinery to do the job. Farmers can contract out their equipment for extra money, less of the mowers used here. Also there are more crops on the ground on the prairie where weed contamination and spraying would be an issue. The contamination of weeds in orchards and vineyards is not so much of a problem. Apples and grapes don't come close to the ground so don't get mixed with weeds. The prairie town tax structure may also factor into the eradication of roadside weeds. Prairie roads tend to be much more regular than the Okanagan where there are cuts and fills plus steep drop offs that make it much more difficult to mow.
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Re: Cutting weeds by the road side

Postby lightspeed » Oct 22nd, 2017, 12:36 pm

GordonH wrote:I suspect the lack of regular cutting of roadside grass could be due to amount spark created by hitting unseen metal object & rocks.
With the very dry conditions, sparks & dry grass = grass fire pretty quickly.


That was the official "excuse".
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Re: Cutting weeds by the road side

Postby GordonH » Oct 22nd, 2017, 12:59 pm

GordonH wrote:I suspect the lack of regular cutting of roadside grass could be due to amount spark created by hitting unseen metal object & rocks.
With the very dry conditions, sparks & dry grass = grass fire pretty quickly.

lightspeed wrote:That was the official "excuse".


So you feel MOT should have had the contractors take there chances & cut roadsides anyway.
Your right whats few more fires going to harm anyway.
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Re: Cutting weeds by the road side

Postby Whyme2 » Oct 22nd, 2017, 1:26 pm

I suppose I could help. Was going to rake up leaves in front of the house but the wind took care of that for me :up:
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Re: Cutting weeds by the road side

Postby just popping in » Oct 22nd, 2017, 2:15 pm

Bsuds wrote:Or prisoners. The Ol Chain Gang days. :up:


We used "inmates" to help with the fires this year, there should be much more they could do for their "allowance".
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Re: Cutting weeds by the road side

Postby lightspeed » Oct 22nd, 2017, 3:17 pm

GordonH wrote:So you feel MOT should have had the contractors take there chances & cut roadsides anyway.
Your right whats few more fires going to harm anyway.


Yes much better to leave 5' of bone dry grass (shakes head).
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