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    Default Ratchet Rake Scraping Up Around Flatwoods Plum Tree (Florida)

    I live beside the Florida Nature Coast Trail, which along its 27 mile length passes through Fanning Springs.

    During February the trail authority 'hogged along the trail margins but tagged a few trees for preservation.

    One tree saved is a Florida native Flatwood Plum immediately outside the trail access gate from my community, Riverwalk.

    Though preserved, the Plum was chock-a-block full of various vines including wild grape, wild rose and smilax.

    Yesterday I got to work with 36" loppers, cut the vines and pulled them out of the Plum, then I ran 48" King Kutter Rotary Cutter around the trunk.

    I wish I had taken a picture. I had two trailer loads of debris, which went to the burn pile.

    This morning I put the Ratchet Rake on the bucket of my kubota B3300SU / 33-hp / 1,900 pounds / 4-WD.

    Went out through the 7' access gate to the trail and scored up the vegetation under the tree.

    Photo #1 + #2 +#3 Before.

    Photo #4 After.

    Photo #5 Some of the vines roots and corms pulled out and raked up with the Ratchet Rake.

    When residual vines come up I will hit them repeatedly with Glycophosphate until they are dead. Probably four applications.

    Then I will mount the Wallenstein BX42 PTO chipper and blow 6" of oak chips around the Plum.

    A beautiful morning on the tractor.

    A HAPPY FLATWOOD PLUM.
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    Default Re: Ratchet Rake Scraping Up Around Flatwoods Plum Tree (Florida)

    It is a beautiful day in North Florida.

    I mounted the Wallenstein BX42 PTO Chipper in the 3-Pt. and chipped mulch around the Flatwoods Plum.

    Nature Coast State Trail: Asphalt walking/cylcling surface on left; ; natural Equestrian Path on right.
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    Default Re: Ratchet Rake Scraping Up Around Flatwoods Plum Tree (Florida)

    looks like your having fun

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    Default Re: Ratchet Rake Scraping Up Around Flatwoods Plum Tree (Florida)

    Question on your ratchet rake, what are the leg sizes 4", 5", 6"? How deep are the teeth and how thick of steel is it? I am trying to get one ordered to my local TSC, but having troubles doing it. Thanks Don

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    Default Re: Ratchet Rake Scraping Up Around Flatwoods Plum Tree (Florida)

    I bought the shortest one: 52" to go on my 57" bucket. Also 68" and 72" in width.

    Horizontal teeth 4.75", vertical teeth 2", 1/2" thick, 60 pounds, plus.

    You won't bend this puppy.

    I paid $299/52". No sales tax on ag nor forestry equipment in Florida.

    The Ratchet Rake, 68 in. - Tractor Supply Online Store

    http://www.ratchetrake.com

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    Default Re: Ratchet Rake Scraping Up Around Flatwoods Plum Tree (Florida)

    Be carefull with the glyphosphate around that tree.....you may kill it.

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