Cypress KneeWhen 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.

The Roller Chopper Attachment

  • The perfect implement for flattening and chopping grass, in wet/marshy areas.
  • Can be used for opening up overgrown waterfowl habitat, creating wet lines for controlled burns in marshes/swamps, or simply laying and chopping grass where our cutter cannot be used.
  • Drum contains a plug on one end for adding/removing water if additional weight is needed.
  • This attachment operates best where there is approximately 1-3 feet of standing water.

The Brush Cutter Attachment

  • Cuts approximately 3.5 to 4 acres/hour
  • Can cut grass, small trees, and brush up to 2.5 diameter

Wilco Manufacturing

At Wilco Manufacturing, we pride ourselves on producing the highest quality, most reliable amphibious equipment and replacement parts. Our equipment is best suited for coastal restoration!  With our 50 plus years of combined experience as Wilco Manufacturing, rest assured when you receive your order, it will exceed your expectations.  Contact us to learn more about our equipment and inventory by calling Toll Free at (877) 311-0727 or by calling us locally at (337) 233-3511.

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