I finally got off my ass and did something yesterday afternoon. After days of yakking about cutting down the crepe myrtles to make room for the new gate, I finally did it. I cut one down, and cleaned up anyway, for starters.
A crepe myrtle
It was a cloudy day so not much color, but then it is winter isn’t it? This one is next on the list. It has a fire ant bed at the base of it, so I’ll have to work quickly. You can see the fuzzy stuff in the tree; it’s some kind of what I’ve heard call ‘tree moss’ or a fungus. It comes off easily. There is a ball on the ground to the right of the tree. That stuff grows on anything that stands still; power lines and fences which tells me it’s not parasitic…I don’t think it’s totally harmless, however.
These stumps are what’s left on the ground from the first victim. The first cut on the left went down easily. The other fell across the fence, increasing the level of difficulty of the job. Of course, then there are the spoils.
I cut and cut and dragged and was thinking about how to drag it off and where to put it.
I remembered back in the day, when I used to get up early Sunday morning with a couple of buddies, drive out to the boss’s farm, where he had a citrus grove. The three of us would smoke a J on the way, and worked for four hours for $2 an hour, cutting brush and buffle grass. Besides our off the book pay, we were rewarded by an ice cold Texas Pride beer. Cold is cold.
We chopped brush, and piled it to the boss’s specs, and when all was said and done, we were able to roll it up. This made it easier to burn.
I piled this similarly; larger trunk pieces with their branches intact for a bed if you will, then piled the smaller pieces on top every which way interlacing them at times to make it hold together.
I was able to tie the trunks together, and tie that to my trailer hitch, and drag it across the property to the other side. It’s too green to burn.
Round 2 scheduled for today, then I’ll call the fence guy to begin.
I still have to remove the gate from down by the cow shed, as they were gonna use that one on gate #2 on the north entrance. Another task.
I wonder how much a 12 ft galvanized gate weighs.
Looks like pulling this will no require any tools as the hooks on the post are just that; hooks facing up and the gate loops just rest on them. There is a cow panel spot welded to the gate as well. Pop probably put that on the the dumbass cows from getting the greener grass…Thanks JR.