ALCC member Tracy Emmanuel used one of his many talents to tackle the proliferation of lily pads in our lake by fabricating an excellent tool for their removal. Tracy showed the tool to those attending the annual meeting and the 10 rakes he brought along were quickly spoken for. Although the real winner is the lake’s ecosystem, sale of the tool ($100.00) will benefit the ALCC after reimbursing Tracy for his costs ($40.00).
Tracy explained that the best time to get after the lily pads is when you see the shoots coming up in April and May as the weather warms. With the rake and it’s “V” shaped blade, your forward-and-back motion at the base of the plants cuts them off when they’re small. Should you want to remove the plants when they’re on the surface and blooming, it is more difficult and messier because of the weight of the plant debris and less ability to see–you’ll need good biceps for it, but it can be done. If you’ll do this reliably a couple or three times, they’ll not come back for a few years. The rake also has an extension handle so you’ll not have to wade into the deeper water.
This is a very sharp tool and one that should only be handled with care and be carefully used only by a responsible, attentive adult. Do not use when other people are in the water nearby.
If you are interested, the rakes are $100.00 prepaid. Print out the order form/release form and send your check to the ALCC address on the form. Click here for the ORDER FORM.