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Steps in Gorse Management

gorse schematic

Spray Gorse after 12-18 inches regrowth

Gorse is treated with herbicide when it resprouts to ~ 12″ high

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Gorse mulch helps cover prolific seed bank.  If it isn’t mulched fine enough, however, it does little.

Spray Gorse after 12-18 inches regrowth

Dune grass harvest

Harvesting native dune grass for gorse restoration

John Deere with flail head

We use contractor Rick Borello (All Terrain Brushing) who has a 160 John Deere Excavator 110 hp.  The bucket has been replaced with a John Brown Brontosaurus Flail Mower brushing head with 4 shafts each containing 5 knives that rotate at 1600 rpm.  A counterweight was removed from back of the excavator and replaced with a secondary motor that runs a separate hydraulic motor 6 cylinder, 175 hp. Weight 21 tons but the ground pressure rating is only 5.5 psi.  Width track 8’ 10”

 

 

 

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