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More Clearing

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On Saturday, we worked on the north side of our property. Yesterday, we directed our attention to the south. It has been several years since I properly worked to clear the drainage ditch that runs along most of the southern border of our property.

The first winter we were here I saw how the accumulated snow piled up against the neglected growth of brush and small trees in the drainage path. It acted as a dam and caused water to overflow the ditch during the spring melt. I remedied that for the next season by cutting out the trees and mowing the length of the ditch.

Lucky for us, the overflow poured into the neighbor’s field that year, not ours. He never said anything about it, but I’m sure he is happy seeing the attention I have given toward keeping the ditch clear since then.

I was complacent last year and skipped doing any cutting, so the random volunteer trees were able to establish themselves a little more significantly than I’d prefer.

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After first clearing each end of the ditch with the power trimmer, the rest was a cinch with the brush cutter on the diesel tractor. Well, that is, after pruning some branches that interfered with the upper portions of the tractor. Once we trimmed those, I just backed my way the length of the ditch and returned.

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Voilà.

Let the water flow.

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Written by johnwhays

September 28, 2020 at 6:00 am

4 Responses

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  1. Question about the picture posting: in the past, most can be clicked on to enlarged to show the detail. The last set of pictures where not of that variety. What is the difference? Good work, by the way! Bet you slept well those nights!

    wtbell

    September 28, 2020 at 6:04 pm

    • Nice catch, and thanks for alerting me. It is simply a click on a setting in the format step that had somehow reset. Hopefully remedied so you can go back and look at the enlarged view.
      Slept VERY well. Heaving and pulling against vine-held branches uses more muscle than I realized. Total body stiff muscles made it obvious for me a day later…

      johnwhays

      September 28, 2020 at 8:06 pm

      • Great! Much easier to see the before and after views! You did a great job!

        wtbell

        September 28, 2020 at 8:40 pm

      • Thanks!

        johnwhays

        September 29, 2020 at 8:07 am


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