Mellow Drive (Del Prado Blvd. North)
North Fort Myers, FL 33917
The Prairie Pines site about 64 acres of pine flatwoods owned and managed by the Lee County Parks and Recreation Department. The land is a palmetto and pine wetland infested with a range of large to sapling sized melaleuca trees intermingled with slash pine and saw palmetto. The land is seasonally flooded. The site consists of 13 plots. The stump treatment plot consists of nine subplots.
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Slightly over twenty-eight acres received aerial chemical treatments. We treated 7.4 acres using hack and squirt with the following herbicides: Arsenal, Rodeo, and an Arsenal-Rodeo mix. Five aerial plots and the stumps on nine subplots each received a different herbicide or mix of herbicides.
Subplots 1 through 3, 5, and 6 were treated by contractors with commercial herbicides. Subplot 4 was treated with off-the-shelf consumer products. Subplots 7 through 9 were not treated with chemicals.
Aerial Treatment Details
|Acreage treated||Type of Treatment|
|4.4||Arsenal and Rodeo mix|
(see site map)
|Type of Treatment|
|4||Stump demonstration using consumer products|
|7||Untreated and stacked cut trees|
|8||Biological control of stump regrowth|
|9||Untreated control plot (except for insecticide)|
Almost 15 acres received mechanical treatments using heavy equipment as follows:
|Acreage Treated||Type of Treatment|
|4.8||Standing trees ground using a brontosaurus|
|4.8||Leveled and stacked using a feller-buncher|
|5.0||Leveled and chipped using a Barko chipper|
Biological Control Treatments
We released melaleuca psyllids (Boreioglycapsis melaleucae) on 3.3 acres. Melaleuca weevils are present here naturally as a result of earlier releases elsewhere.