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Ok yellow are thickets about 20 acres combined, blue is hardwoods , black is/ WAS deer movement , the red line is the old trail, you can kinda see a dark line above the red . The guy behind me used to mow this but hasn’t in ten years or so, it stayed ok till a couple years ago, he doesn’t hunt there anymore and besides he needs to be able to cross crop fields which limits when he has access. I’d feel funny asking him to set up his tractor to come do it .

Anyway I can’t rent a walk behind mower as driving my truck 800 yards across the fields would take total frozen ground and one spot is always wet so, ice and breaking through may lead to mud I can’t chance it . It’s about 200 yards mostly tall weeds no saplings yet , I opened up the field corner with my weed whacker but it plugged up a lot .

Any hand held type thing or better attachment for the whacker ? They used to walk this regularly , I’d like that again !

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1 minute ago, Bucksnbows said:

What type(s) of vegetation are we looking at?  Maybe just hit it twice a year with glyphosate (RoundUp) and no need to mow? 

Over grown grass and weeds . Here’s the best I can do on pics . The red line is where it begins, the red circles are the type of growth. While those are the edges, it’s the same that runs the trail, it’s most difficult for me to get trough at this point .

im not against spraying but I know zero about that . Time, rate, how to apply ect 

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1 minute ago, grampy said:

If it's just tall grass and weeds, get one of those blades that look like a golf club, and sling away. They still sell em at most hardware stores. Got a couple up at the farm, that we use to open paths near the big swamp.

I had one a few years ago, left it on the ground where I park and a brush hog took care of it ! I may try that , 250 yards by 8 feet is a lot of swinging ! This stuff is as tall as me too .

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I've got one of these. Kicks ass. But still a good amount of work if grass is waist +  high.  But I use it a lot. If done down a trail twice a year it would easily handle it as long as no saplings. Although it will cut sumac easily too. 

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3 minutes ago, Nomad said:

I like that !

We have at these at work, it will work I promise you that.  The cutters will angle so you can comfortably operate like a weedwhacker.  Labor intensive but you are not afraid to work.  @Robhuntandfish that is the other option i was referring too, they are great, can even use thin metal cables instead of the strings lol

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1 minute ago, Bionic said:

We have at these at work, it will work I promise you that.  The cutters will angle so you can comfortably operate like a weedwhacker.  Labor intensive but you are not afraid to work.  @Robhuntandfish that is the other option i was referring too, they are great, can even use thin metal cables instead of the strings lol

And def nicer to push them along. I bought one like 5 years ago for $299 I think.  I haven't tried the cables but I bet they work great !  

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13 minutes ago, Nomad said:

Over grown grass and weeds . Here’s the best I can do on pics . The red line is where it begins, the red circles are the type of growth. While those are the edges, it’s the same that runs the trail, it’s most difficult for me to get trough at this point .

im not against spraying but I know zero about that . Time, rate, how to apply ect 

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You can mow it every couple of weeks or spray it no more than twice and be done. It all depends on your time. RoundUp is applied with a handheld or backpack sprayer. The mixture is listed on the glyphosate you buy since RoundUp is off patent and there are numerous manufacturers these days. It is mixed with water and I add an oil to help it better adhere to the vegetation. Just don’t breathe in the spray. I wear a dual N95 mask when applying it and keep any wind at my back. 

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Thanks fellas ! There’s a power equipment place two miles from me that specializes in Stihl , I’m going Monday and getting the biggest bad ass one of those trimmers they have . I’m going to try it out a day or so after , while it’s still nice out . Then hit it couple times summer , fall .

I don’t mind the physical work .

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Knew I had a pic somewhere of it.... Def takes down grass. This stuff was high and crazy thick. Used to use this at spots on hunting land til we went and bought a brush hog for the 4 wheeler 

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