Which one is next?

I managed a bit of work in the yard, during a break in the high winds we’ve been having for the past while.

There were so many tiny branches and twigs fallen from the Chinese elm in front of the house, I needed to use a rake to pick them up.

I also found this.

These are the largest branches we have had come down this summer. There have been a lot fewer falling down this year, which I’m appreciating. I’ve been taking down as many dead branches as I can reach. There isn’t much we can do about the higher ones for now, but the end result is, there are fewer branches to fall in high winds at all.

After cleaning this up, I got out the extended pruning saw and was able to get more dead branches off the Chinese elm in front of the house. I also took down one really big live on that was overhanging the chain link fence to the point that was almost touching the ground.

It’s amazing how much more open and light things became once that came down! Even taking down as many of the dead branches that I could reach really made a difference.

I got a bit down from the huge maple overhanging the north yard, that we have to walk under to get to the garden. There isn’t much I can reach, but I’m hoping to take down more downward hanging branches. Not only will it get them out of the way – they, too, are hanging low enough to be an issue – but I’m hoping if I get enough of that weight off, the main part of the tree that’s leaning that way is going to be less likely to break. If it does, the most likely place it will break is near the old garden shed, where I can see it starting to weaken. I’d much rather that didn’t happen.

With that in mind, I went into the spruce grove to check some of the dead trees out. Like this group.

There are four dead trees, fairly close together – plus a fifth that still have a few live branches on it.

My guess if, the next time a dead tree comes down in there, it’s going to be the one in the foreground.

Judging from how much the birds have been going at it, I’d say it’s full of carpenter ants inside.

There is a lot of underbrush in this area, including wild roses.

We should be able to gather rose hips soon! 🙂 Well, not too soon. They should be harvested after the first frost.

Hopefully, that will be a while, yet.

When the time comes to clean up in this area and, hopefully, cut down the dead trees before they fall, I plan to cut away all of the underbrush, then let the wild roses grow back.

I much prefer them to the surprisingly invasive false spirea that’s spreading into the spruces!

The Re-Farmer

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