Darlington & District Model Boat Club

General Category => Club News and Events => Topic started by: Ernie Lazenby on October 10, 2017, 09:18:33 AM

Title: weeding programme
Post by: Ernie Lazenby on October 10, 2017, 09:18:33 AM
 If the weather is okay in the morning we will do an hour weeding from 9.0am. The left hand side is where we will be working.

 Clarification:  The far side of the reservoir from east to west along the entire length will remain untouched other than making sure the areas near the far bouys are clear.  Other than that we will attempt to remove as much as we can from other areas during the coming months.
It has been suggested by a member we clear the top right hand corner for use by scale boats when fast electrics are running however that is not going to happen. The system we have is working well and will continue. (slot system used with a degree or two of common sense).

Further applications of the blue dye will be done in early spring.
Title: Re: weeding programme
Post by: Ernie Lazenby on October 23, 2017, 03:17:33 PM
I am back in the saddle following my chess playing exploits at the weekend. I remain unbeaten  this season but just missed out on the main prize money scoring 31/2 from 5. :(
Anyway to more important matters. If the weather is okay on Wednesday morning we will do a bit more weeding.
Title: Re: weeding programme
Post by: Ernie Lazenby on October 28, 2017, 03:46:32 PM
To prevent repetition on this subject;  assume we will be doing weeding each Wednesday from around 9.0am if sufficient folk turn up!

Title: Re: weeding programme
Post by: Ernie Lazenby on January 05, 2018, 10:18:58 AM
 I will be ordering more blue dye at the end of the month. A small number of members don't think its any use however rest assured without it we would not be able to sail. Its a big supplement to the small number of members who help with the weeding which we will need to get on with again once the weather warms up.
Title: Re: weeding programme
Post by: Ernie Lazenby on March 17, 2018, 11:05:44 AM
 WEDNESDAY 21st March 9.30am onwards

 We will do some more weeding if the weathers not too bad. After that I will put in the blue dye if the waters not too cold.
 All help is appreciated.
Title: Re: weeding programme
Post by: Ernie Lazenby on March 21, 2018, 03:15:53 PM
Today we removed quite a bit of weed from the right hand side. Many thanks to all helpers.
Same next week.
It was too cold to pout the blue dye in, will try on Sunday.
Title: Re: weeding programme
Post by: Ernie Lazenby on May 01, 2018, 04:44:22 PM
If you want to help with the weeding please turn up in the morning. (2nd May)
Title: Re: weeding programme
Post by: Ernie Lazenby on June 24, 2018, 09:59:58 AM
  Gents. Work needed on some weeds- Wednesday 27th June 9.,0am onwards.
 
   The blue dye has helped but the water level has dropped due to the dry spell and some weed is trying to stay alive by getting to the sun light we need to stop such determined efforts!
Title: Re: weeding programme
Post by: Ernie Lazenby on June 27, 2018, 04:16:41 PM
 A massive thank you to those who turned up today to do the weeding. Ian, Mike G, Rick, Dave M and Malcolm worked from 9.30 until midday to clear the jetty side of the lake. One or two others also did a bit to help. Great, well done lads. :)
Title: Re: weeding programme
Post by: Ernie Lazenby on July 02, 2018, 10:19:46 AM
If this very hot weather continues we are going to see the water level at our pond drop significantly thus rendering the blue dye less effective in stopping the green menace. I cannot apply any more blue dye this year. This week is race week therefore weeding is not an option. Next week we will have to have another go at it however I suspect unless we get some rain soon the yachts are going to struggle.
Title: Re: weeding programme
Post by: Ernie Lazenby on July 08, 2018, 04:36:13 PM
Wednesday 11tth July.     Last week we could not run the yacht races due to lack of wind therefore they will be run on Wednesday 11th at 1.0pm

We need to do the weeding shortly after 9.0am for about 90 minutes thus allowing time for the weed we cut/drag out to clear before the yacht races. Also we will have to do some strimming back of the grass surrounding the pond on the jetty side primarily. The club has a petrol strimmer however if anyone has a petrol strimmer please turn up with it and help. The club has one set of safety glasses. We can probably do  the strimming after the yacht racing.
Title: Re: weeding programme
Post by: Ernie Lazenby on July 12, 2018, 11:03:10 AM
Once again a big thank you to the team that turned up yesterday to do the weeding. Ian, Nat, Mike, Rick, Malcolm.
The level of the water is really becoming low but so far the weed is not causing the yachts a problem.

 The local idiots had moved one of the big buoys into the sump and it took some lifting and dragging back into place but we managed.
Title: Re: weeding programme
Post by: Ernie Lazenby on July 16, 2018, 03:20:37 PM
Most of you will have noticed the grass on the jetty side of our pond has been cut down- big thank you due to Mike Craddock for doing that out of club time. Thank you Mike.
Title: Re: weeding programme
Post by: Ernie Lazenby on July 22, 2018, 07:14:03 AM
Further work on Wednesday 18th July.  Another area needs to be cleared.
Title: Re: weeding programme
Post by: Ernie Lazenby on July 23, 2018, 01:44:17 PM
More work needed on 25th ! ! I am getting old. ::) ;) :-[   
Title: Re: weeding programme
Post by: Ernie Lazenby on July 24, 2018, 01:43:27 PM
A reminder- if anyone wants to help with the weeding please do so in the morning. There's one area that needs attention.
Title: Re: weeding programme
Post by: Ernie Lazenby on August 03, 2018, 08:12:56 AM
 Wednesday 7th August - usual time, we will do an hour to deal with an area between the far right buoy and the centre buoy. Causing yachts a bit of a problem.  Using the rakes removes the weed with roots from the floor of the reservoir and for the most part it is removed from the water when the rakes are pulled out. For the small area we are going to do on Wednesday we will be using the rakes. The cutters are ideal when dealing with large areas in deep water.  I will resume my usual position, sitting in the boat rowing back and forward.  Hopefully we will have volunteers to do the usual pulling. :)

When I did the original research into the use of the blue dye I found information that indicated its use over a prolonged period of three to 4 years resulted in the weed becoming weak and as each year passed it became less of a problem. That of course was based on the premis that the water level would not drop too low thus allowing sunlight to reach the bottom. Currently we have been hit with a low water level and a prolonged period of intense sunlight interestingly however the weed is no longer the problem it was and thus routine maintenance from time to time is all we need to do.

 There is a bit of a balancing act needed between dealing with any weed and not clogging up the water with floating weed on a non competition Wednesday.  Sailing time on a competition Wednesday is restricted and we must not cause too much loss of water time for those who wish to use the water on alternative Wednesdays. That is why we do not do weeding every alternative Wednesday and why we only do a relatively short period on Wednesday mornings when we do it.  Solomon had an easy job ;) ;D ::)