When mowing your lawn in southern Louisiana or along the Gulf Coast, a Cypress knee can create problems for mower blades. Why do certain cypress trees develop these so-called knees, and what should you do if you find them in your yard? Here is what we found out about Cypress Knees.
Why Are There Cypress Knees
The Bald Cypress is mainly known for its Cypress knees. Cypress knees sometimes resemble a human knee, but they are usually cone-shaped, and sometimes can even look more like a spike. Cypress knees are part of the tree’s root system. They grow from horizontal roots just below the surface. Cypress knees will extend above the surface which can be the ground or water. Experts believe Cypress knees may help transport air to the tree’s root system. Cypress trees grow in swampy conditions. When cypress tree are growing in water, the roots might not get any air. Cypress knees also support and anchor the trees, which can grow up to 120 tall, in swampy conditions.
Can I Remove A Cypress Knee?
When trying to remove a Cypress knee, you need to be careful. There are ways to remove the knees without harming the tree. According to LSU horticulturists, you should dig a small area to expose the knee a few inches below the soil level. Then, using a clean, sharp knife or saw, cut the knee off horizontally, 1 to 2 inches below the soil level.
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Marsh Runners And Difficult Terrain
The Wilco Marsh Runner is a tracked amphibious vehicle designed to work in Louisiana’s and other marshes around the world. The Wilco Marsh Runner is designed to go into small spaces and deep into the wetland. We are talking about places that are not accessible any other way. If you need to manage and maintain difficult terrain, the Marsh Runner gets the job done.