Okay, I know it’s not very attractive to brag about one’s accomplishments, but right now I feel somewhat justified… I just finished removing a clump of exceptionally root bound bamboo from an 8′ stock tank. It took me long enough… Realized a couple of years ago that it no longer looked healthy, meant to take it out, and procrastinated. The following year, it looked far worse, but still, nothing happened. I put it off, because… well, what a bitch of a job it is. Last winter, I started hacking away at it, but it was heavy work with its rain-saturated soil. I even solicited a deal with a teenage son, who soon proved too feeble for the job. Finally this summer, I intentionally withheld the water, and the entire clump dried up and turned yellow. It was time.
Those in the know told me that I would need a reciprocating saw to get it out, and they were right. Many thoughts of gratitude go to my father-in-law who gave us a SawsAll. He would have been proud if he saw my stubborn determination… In addition to the right tools, I can also tell you that you need enough space around you to achieve some leverage as you pry those chunks out. Especially at the ends of the tank – the middle was far easier. Being a cramscaper in a tight spot, leveraging space is something I had in very limited amounts – in fact, it was the cause of almost as much foul language as the many hot days we’ve had. Most of my dusty interactions with the bamboo occurred either during the cooler hours of the mornings, or after the sun disappeared behind the trees. I’m sure my neighbors are sick of hearing me grunting and cursing over the noise of the power tool. In the end, I exerted both blood and sweat over this project, but no tears. Well maybe a few – out of sheer joy, when I finally managed to crank the last piece out. Incidentally, this is also when the blood happened, but at that point, I was too happy to care.
An old, deteriorating reed panel which had separated the back of the tank from the chain link fence ended up as soil amendment. The fence posts got a paint job, and a fresh new panel will follow. Now what? After all that, this is where the fun starts. I’m almost giddy with anticipation! More to follow soon!