Water Lilly......anyone ever got rid of one?

Dave7

Legendary Member
Location
Cheshire
Not after advice ut I have my work cut out with this one :blush:.
The water lilly we had (still bl**dy have) was tbf beautiful but........
Managed to empty the pond but.......at one end I dug a deep trench 3' x approx 2' deeper than the rest of the pond. The lilly have formed solid roots that totally fill this trench. Problem is its also full of water. I am choppin it up bit by bit. Been 3 hours and I am 1/4 way through.
A nightmare.
 

classic33

Legendary Member
You are using a sharp hatchet?
 

classic33

Legendary Member
Using a spade as the water is level with the top of the roots (imagine a root ball 5' x 3 'x 2' deep but under water :blush:).
I am trying to bucket the water out and puncture the membrane with a fork.
Would you have use for a slasher afterwards?

If yes, may be worth getting one.
 

Levo-Lon

Guru
If it were me id put old boots on and dig it from in the water.
That said im a very aggressive digger, so I'd so have it.

Your probaly going to need a post hole tool for chopping if your struggling.

Hth
 
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Dave7

Dave7

Legendary Member
Location
Cheshire
If it were me id put old boots on and dig it from in the water.
That said im a very aggressive digger, so I'd so have it.

Your probaly going to need a post hole tool for chopping if your struggling.

Hth
Thats pretty much what I am doing but with wellies. Slow going but the spade is gradually, slowly, winning.
Just had a break and am going back to the fight now ^_^
 

Cycleops

Legendary Member
Location
Accra, Ghana
Puts me in mind of the old Lonnie Donegan song;
"I say, I say, I say (huh?)
My dustbin's full of lillies
(Well, throw them away then!)
I can't, Lilly's wearing them".
 
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Dave7

Dave7

Legendary Member
Location
Cheshire
Puts me in mind of the old Lonnie Donegan song;
"I say, I say, I say (huh?)
My dustbin's full of lillies
(Well, throw them away then!)
I can't, Lilly's wearing them".
If my mind serves me right the 3rd line was "how do you know they're Lillies"
Just being a pedantic old fart ^_^
 

classic33

Legendary Member
We have 3 slashers. One upstairs and 2 downstairs. Some people call them WCs though. I mainly use downstairs if its just for a slash.

So really, what is a slasher ?
This be one slasher,
slasher.jpg


Almost anything you use would be better than wellies for getting rid of it.
 

twentysix by twentyfive

Clinging on tightly
Location
Over the Hill
I hack my lily up occasionally. It's in a membrane lined pond with the lily in a basket type thing. If I don't leave it too long between slashing I can hoik it up onto the bank and deal with it - usually with an axe. Always amazes me how big and robust water plants can get given they don't get any feed or owt. Ever had to deal with Yellow Flag Iris? Equally horrendous.
 
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