I got a few hours work on the spruce grove this morning/afternoon, and plan to head out again, but here’s progress so far!
I’ve started at the north west corner, where the stone cross is.
This is more or less what we see out of our living room window. I went farther into the underbrush than I intend to, elsewhere. This is part of the reason why.
That’s the top of the dead tree we watched come down in a storm this past winter. The top alone is bigger than some of the dead trees I’ve taken down!
Here’s another view of the corner.
The topsoil here is decades of decayed spruce needles, so it’s quite loose. This meant a lot of the spirea I cleared out could be pulled right out of the ground. Every now and then, I’d find myself yanking out anywhere from 2 – 8 feet of rhizome!
After this, I started working my way down the north side of the trees.
After clearing the lower hanging branches from the first couple of trees, I found a whole crop of little dead spruces that I cleared out.
Of course, there is always going to be some unusual finds!
The first was what I think is the top of an oil drum that was half buried in the needles at the base of a dead spruce. I pulled it out, then took the photo of it right where I found it.
Then, as I was finishing up for the afternoon and bringing the wheel barrow over, I found the glass jar.
I expected it to be broken, but when I pulled it out, it was fine.
I have to say how much I appreciate my girls. While I was working in this, I left what I cut or pulled out, off to the side. My older daughter came out and started hauling it away for me – a much bigger job than the clean up! My younger daughter didn’t have a shift today, and between the two of them, they took care of the household stuff, like cooking, washing dishes, laundry, etc., freeing me up to do the yard work.
We’ve started a new wood pile outside the yard for this. It’s kinda in the middle of the outer yard, between house and barn. This pile shouldn’t need to be moved, when we are ready to burn it.
We do plan to rent a chipper, but there’s only so much we can chip! Plus, even the biggest ones only do up to 4 inches in diameter.
It’s going to be much bigger, before I’m done!
Now, back to see how much I can get done, before it gets too dark. 🙂