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Overgrown Shrubs

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We took the plunge yesterday and began cutting down a thicket of Nannyberry Viburnum bushes behind Cyndie’s perennial garden. Neither of us is a fan of the funky smell nannyberry bushes give off when cut, so the work is stinky but the results are rewarding.

We also decided to remove the stick fence I built as a backdrop for her garden. It had partially collapsed anyway, so removal cleans the area up nicely.

Looking east before we started:

One of the triggers that started this exercise was the discovery of a nice volunteer oak tree that needed to have competition eliminated around it. Since we are currently on a mission to find and protect as many volunteer oak trees as possible that are sprouting all over our property, the obliteration of this stand of nannyberry bushes feels justified.

It’s just a side benefit that this will give me the pathway I always wanted along our property fence line behind her garden.

The view when we stopped cutting for the day:

Barely visible in the distance beyond the willow tree is the path of our north loop trail that currently turns to pass in front of the garden and leads to the driveway. That option will remain because it also leads toward the barn on the other side of the driveway and we are often coming from that direction to feed the horses after walking Delilah.

Soon there will be the additional option of continuing straight and walking behind the willow tree and perennial garden on the way to the back side of the shop garage.

We are prepared for the area to look ridiculous for a while, like a fresh haircut that needs time before it looks and feels like what we originally had in mind. I may consider reinstalling some leaning branch ( ////// ) fencing again in the vicinity of the garden if the change ends up looking a little too over-pruned.

At least the little oak tree stands out now without all the other branches blocking its air space.

There remains a fair amount of cutting to be done to remove the last of the nannyberry behind the garden. I’m hoping nothing interrupts our plan for today to continue what we started. The sooner we complete this section, the sooner I can turn around and go the other way, cutting out the untamed growth between the garden and the shop garage.



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  1. Good work. I lost ground this year on clearing out places due to a number of factors. Maybe I can make some headway during the colder months.

    Jim Parker (@drjparker)

    October 26, 2022 at 5:41 pm

    • You have my support, in spirit. I have seen promising signs that our previous efforts are leading to reduced thickness of subsequent growth, making it easier each time to clear volunteer brush and grasses. Maybe you will achieve similar results with follow-up cuttings.


      October 26, 2022 at 10:25 pm

      • Where I have been able to stay on track keeping those areas clear has been much easier than the initial clearing process was.

        Jim Parker (@drjparker)

        October 28, 2022 at 4:41 pm

  2. Nice! I have fond memories of working in that garden! πŸŒΈπŸŒΊπŸŒ·πŸŒ»πŸŒΏπŸƒπŸŒ±


    October 26, 2022 at 7:55 am

    • I was on a bike trip, Cyndie tells me. Thank you for making memories here and helping tend to our place. I often recall that Tim cut grass one time when it was desperately needed and I was away. ❀️


      October 26, 2022 at 9:13 am

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