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Unchecked Growth

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It had been a while since I made it down to trim the fence line along the south border of our back pasture where it runs through a grove of trees. Some of the weeds were as tall as me. Yesterday, I made it back down there to finish what I started on Friday, before being interrupted to get hay.

The task was made a bit more tedious than I wished by the presence of some monster thistle stalks, which defy the nylon line whipping away at it. More times than I can count, I had to stop and remove the spool from the trimmer to re-feed the line.

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When I made it through to the end of those trees, it was time to mow the lawn. I didn’t want the growth in the yard to get out of hand. However, there were other influences at play which hampered my completion of the job. The mower engine began to balk. Instead of trying to analyze that situation, I parked the mower and returned my attention to the unchecked growth along the far fence line.

I pulled out the diesel tractor with the brush mower to cut down pasture weeds and then moved to the stressful task of mowing between the fence and a drop off to the drainage ditch, a space that is barely wide enough to fit. I also needed to navigate driving down into that ditch without tipping the tractor in order to knock down the growth that can obstruct the runoff we have worked so hard to facilitate.

Succeeding, with only a couple scares where my weight was shifted to the brake when what I really wanted was the clutch under the other foot, I had the worst of the runaway growth on the far fence line knocked down and the ditch opened up just in time for last night’s wild, windy and rainy thunderstorm.

There are leaves and tree parts shrapnel scattered everywhere this morning!

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Written by johnwhays

July 17, 2016 at 9:46 am

4 Responses

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  1. I meant to post this when you were spraying the poison ivy, but perhaps goats could help the problem of growth along the fence line? Perhaps you could use temporary fencing to keep them in a certain area until cleared and then move them to another spot. Might not be your thing but goat stew is an added benefit!

    obsidcomm

    July 17, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    • obsidcomm

      July 17, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    • That’s a really smart suggestion, Ward. Goats offer more advantages for us than disadvantages, I’d bet. We’ll have to seriously ponder the reasons we would choose to not have goats and see what comes of it.
      We would definitely need to devise a different fencing solution than what we currently have in place, but that’s solvable.

      johnwhays

      July 17, 2016 at 6:21 pm


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