The chilly weather we’ve had for the past few days has really got me wanting to finish this fence line along the spruce grove! As long as I can clear to the driveway gate before winter, anything else is gravy! 🙂
I took a whole bunch of photos, so I’m splitting them into two posts again. Here is the first section I worked on. With how I was finding things, I decided to go with before, during and after photos.
This is where I left off, last time. I was able to leave the oaks, just pruning them a bit, for transplanting next year. They are really leaning towards the fence, where they would have been getting the most light, but once they are planted somewhere more open, they should start growing straight again.
Over the years, I could see that someone had trimmed branches back from the fence line. A lot of those have died, but are high enough and short enough that I will leave them for now. I pruned the undergrowth only as much as I needed to, to clear the fence and access things.
That meant cutting away some of the things growing in the juniper, as well as some of the dead juniper branches.
The ground cover (I am not 100% certain that they are juniper, but that’s what I’m calling them for now) stayed as well. I had to walk all over them, but they can handle it. They did make working in the area more treacherous, though!
I know these have been growing here for a long time, but seeing this stem really shows just how long.
It takes a lot of years for these to get such thick stems!
Clearing this first section revealed enough that I took before and after photos of the next section, too. Which will be in my next post. 🙂