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Photos by Matt Lindler
Easy wick bar
Johnsongrass is a curse on food plots in the Southeast. With a seed bank like Fort Knox, Johnsongrass is one of the hardest weeds to control or get rid of.
When Johnsongrass has sprouted above your crop and before it creates seeds, use a wick bar filled with a 40 to 50 percent concentration of RoundUp (active ingredient glyphosate) to coat the grass with herbicide and control the pesky weed. Using a wick bar, you can safely target grasses in food plots without harming valuable plantings. -- Matt Lindler
- Cut the 6-foot section of PVC pipe in half, insert each half into the PVC T-connector and glue together.
- Connect the 90-degree PVC elbows to form a U-joint at both ends with the U terminating under the cleanout.
- Glue or silicone the gaskets into the end of the 1/2-inch PVC elbow.
Thread the rope through the gasket on one end and pull it all the way through so that the ends meet under the bar.
- Tape the ropes off about 8 inches from each end and cut off the tag ends to create a stopper inside the wick bar.
- Feed the rope back into the main part of the bar, pull the rope snug and glue the PVC ends together. This will keep the rope tight.
- Test wick bar with water to make sure it does not leak at the joints but allows fluid to draw out through the rope.
FYI >With the proper safety gear (gloves and eye protection) an easy-to-carry wick bar gives kids a project they can handle while you're fertilizing or mowing.