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skip1909 06-07-2018 06:00 AM

Nice work, good progress! How did you clear all the old plant debri out of there?

weedy feilds 06-07-2018 07:12 AM


Originally Posted by skip1909 (Post 160486)
Nice work, good progress! How did you clear all the old plant debri out of there?

A couple of ways.
1st I was at work clearing a path thru the woods for the driveway in May of 2015. This yielded a large pile of firewood. The excavator that finished up the driveway by clearing the rocks from the woods and piling up a large area of topsoil stripped from the path in the woods. These piles "killed" everything under them. During construction of the house itself which started in May 2016 alot of soil was moved around. All of the area around the house, over the septic area and somewhere around over 1/2 of it was used to pile top soil during construction. After construction the top soil piles where spread around changing the contour from the house to the bottom of what I call the septic hill. So it was relatively easy to keep it weed/plant free with an application of glyphoste.

The rest of the area was originally over grown field, lots of small box elder, ash and elm trees along with Canada Goldenrod. I cut all the small trees made a bunch of brush piles and chipped all them into mulch. I used a flail mower to keep the grass/weeds down and then did a couple applications of glyphosate.

All that work plus a approx 2 years of time reduced all the vegetation to nothing. If I had to do it over again I'd do it differently and my end result would of been better and I'd taken less than 3 years to get to this point. The far south side of the field, approx 1/4 acre, is a more wetter area and still has some weeds growing in it yet despite an application of glyphosate, digging out a mess of small stumps and dragging it. Another application of glyphosate this summer would yield a more weed free cleaner area. Its not as nice as the rest of the 2 acres I'm planting. I'll keep an eye on it at some point this summer if it becomes very weedy despite mowing I'll hit it with glyphosate and replant that 1/4 acre this fall before the snow flies.

I read your thread about your yard "rehab" and wish I was only working with a small area like yours. Not to say it doesn't have challenges and its not work.

skip1909 06-08-2018 08:05 PM

You have a ton of work on such a big piece of land but the payoff is going to be that much bigger. No amount of work on my property is going to give me a view stretching to the horizon. The wildlife will appreciate your work too.

weedy feilds 06-08-2018 08:59 PM

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Well after along day seeding the following day we had straw blown on top to help hold moisture in and hopefully cut down on any possible erosion.

Took a team of 3 guys and some machinery a better portion of the day. They did a nice job.

Now I need is some rain.

havalotta 06-12-2018 01:41 PM

WOW What progress and looking great already. WHAT a difference!!

weedy feilds 07-03-2018 04:48 PM

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well here is an update.
1st off the weather has been terrible. Since we planted I'd venture to say we have had approx 1/2 of rain. Thats over almost a month.

Things are very dry. My 2 year old prairie on the north hilltop is crunchie when you walk thru it. Lots of plants have leaves that are curling up on the edges. I was once told by an old farmer this happens in times of lack of water. The curling leaves loose moisture.

The grass walking trails sprouted early and have grown good for about 2 weeks but recently they seem to have stopped and some of the small just sprouted stuff is turning a darker brown. I think thats the end for them. Time will tell.

On the bright side there is some grass germinating (fescues) that I planted for trails thru the prairie. Many other grasses germinating everywhere, I know some are "weeds" but I'm sure some are of the approx a dozen species of prairie grasses I planted. Also there a few small seedlings coming up. Most are just the first 2 leaves but some have the second set of leaves and of those I've found lots of Partridge Pea.:happydance

I have to admit I am impressed with the tenacity of some of the weeds that come up. Very little rain and still they are 6-8 inches tall in a weeks time. If only Oak trees grew that fast.

First picture is a little Partridge Pea the rest of the pictures are the grass trails I planted that grow thru the prairie. kinda sad that the trails look better than the prairie.

jack 07-03-2018 09:31 PM

Wow, that's poor timing! Nature just isn't cooperating with your project. Hang in there, though. Perseverance always gives results! and you've done so much already!

dapjwy 07-04-2018 09:58 AM

What a huge expanse! Amazing undertaking.

I hope you get the need rain, win the battle with the weeds, and are well rewarded with the eventual results.

Looking forward to seeing some "after" photos! --some "during" photos, too.

weedy feilds 07-24-2018 12:12 PM

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Well we finally got some rain. About 1/2 inch a week ago and about an inch last weekend.

I have 3 areas in the 2 acre prairie that I planted this spring that were supposed to be wetter areas, many would call them rain gardens but for wet loving prairie plants. This year they have been dry as a popcorn fart.
Lat year they were wet until August and then only for a 2-3 weeks. I was worried about planting seed in them as I thought they would be filled with water when I wanted to plant them. No problems, they where dry early June when I seeded them.

Here is pictures of the wet areas after the rain with puddles in them. The puddles lasted no more than a day, still need more rain to catch up to where we should be.

Also you can note the growth of the weeds. Mostly lambsquater and crab grass with some ragweed tossed in for good measure.

I have mowed the really bad areas once but I'm getting shy about mowing again as there is a lot of Partridge Pea doing well and if I mow it I'm afraid I'll knock it back so it never flowers. I wouldn't worry about the flowering if it was a perennial but seeing how its a annual I think I might be ending its presence in my prairie.

havalotta 07-26-2018 09:12 AM

Lambs quarters ~YUM YUM~ My favorite edible weed. I eat it as is from the plant tips
See: https://chestnutherbs.com/lambs-quarter/

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