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Tools

Keeping your property healthy and fire safe is an on-going project.  It takes vigilance and work to keep invasive plants and pests away and maintain your healthy forest and land to grow and thrive, and keep it fire safe.  
 
The NCRCD offers a few tools for landowners to borrow or rent that may help...
 

 
Min-Till Drill
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Planning on planting or improving your pasture?  Well then, our Min-Till Drill could be just the tool you need! The Min-Till Drill is an 6-foot-wide farm implement designed to get into places big drills simply can't - like wooded areas, orchards, and vineyards. 

Soil disturbance is minimal with this implement that creates a seedbed, applies seed, and firms the seed into the soil all in one pass – saving you time and money.  It helps control noxious weeds (such as star thistle), decreases soil erosion, and conserves water for easier plant establishment.  Pasture can be established in one season for earlier crop production.  We generally recommend using the drill in the spring for Irrigated Pasture and in the fall for Dry-land Pasture.

Your land needs to be fairly level, large enough to turn the vehicle around, and free of rock outcroppings (which damage the drill).  In addition, the area to be planted should be relatively clear of previous vegetation as the drill does not cut through large clumps of grass. 
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Some of the benefits of the drill include: easy three-point mounting on various types of tractors; (minimum 35 HP) press wheel options to allow tailoring to various soil conditions; larger seed box reducing downtime (more acres per fill); makes seed rate changes quickly and painlessly; gives you a range of 90 to 180 lbs. of consistent down-pressure; and provides 18 different positions for accurate depth.
 
The rental fee is $150 for up to five acres, $200 for 5-10 acres, and $10 for each acre over 10.  There is a $250 refundable deposit.  If you prefer, we can have someone operate the drill for you for an additional fee. 
 
The Min-Till Drill is available for you to rent on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please call (530) 272-3417 for more information or click here to fill-out our online request form.
 


Pond Rake

Tired of looking at that ugly, messy, smelly pond?  Well, we have a solution!  The pond rake is a cost effective, efficient, and environmentally-friendly aquatic weed removal tool.  It can pull lily pads, milfoil, and hydrilla with ease. By physically removing algae and weeds, nutrient levels may be reduced, algae and weeds are not left to decompose (thereby eliminating the ugly/smelly issues), and your local wildlife should thrive.

It’s light enough to toss 30 feet or more to clear weeds and algae from the top, yet heavy enough to sink to remove roots and organic matter at the bottom of your pond.  The pond rake can clear a path up to 3 feet wide with each throw and is designed to be tossed into the water with a simple underhand-motion and retrieved via 40 feet of nylon rope.
 

The pond rake is available for you to borrow at our office on a first-come, first-served basis.  Typical borrow time is one week.  Click here to go to our Maps page for directions to our office:  Directions

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Seed Spreader
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A good seed spreader can apply just the right amount of product uniformly and in accurate amounts to the left, center, and right while applying the recommended volume for your property size. Broadcast, or rotary, spreaders operate by throwing the seed in a wide swath in all directions.
 
Because the rotary action of the spreader creates a pattern that fans out so the margins of each pass overlap each other, it provides more uniform coverage.  Though it offers more even coverage, it can make it difficult to adequately reach the edges of your property.  If you have a large area to cover, broadcast seed spreaders are ideal.

The seed spreader is available for you to borrow at our office on a first-come, first-served basis.  Typical borrow time is one week. Click here to go to our Maps page for directions to our office: Directions
 


Soil Sampler

So, you've planted your tree/shrub/bush/plant in the right spot.  It has the right amount of sun and shade for its species, gets the right amount of water, you've fertilized it, even fenced it off from animals that might nibble it to death.  But for some reason, it just isn't thriving.  What's up with that?  Well, it may be the one thing you didn't think to check - your soil.  

If you really want to know why your plant isn't doing well, you need to analyze your soil, and our soil sampler is just the tool to get you that sample.  Both Peaceful Valley Farm Supply and Nevada County Farm Supply sell soil test kits.  

The soil sampler is available for you to borrow at our office on a first-come, first-served basis.  Typical borrow time is one week. Click here to go to our Maps page for directions to our office:  Directions

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Weed Wrench

Any gardener will tell you that if you want to get rid of a plant, you have to get the roots - and a weed wrench may be just what you need to get rid of those pesky invasive plants.  Scotch broom, manzanita, blackberries - all of these can have seriously thick and deep roots.  

We suggest waiting until the rains come or using a hose to soften the soil around the base of the plant - then use the weed wrench. It's still tough work, but if you keep on it, you will definitely be happy with the results.

The weed wrench is available for you to borrow at our office on a first-come, first-served basis.  Typical borrow time is one week. Click here to go to our Maps page for directions to our office: Directions

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