Enough with the trees!

So, like I was saying earlier this week, we are cleaning up the back 4 acres of the property which has not been maintained for the past few years.  I am currently using just a regular riding lawnmower which takes forever.  We plan on upgrading to something more appropriate for this size property but, like everything, that costs money and we are trying to figure out what is a need versus a want still.  I would hate to spend a ton on a mower and then find out we actually needed a new A/C unit or something like that.  All in good time.  Also, using our old mower, I don’t feel as guilty when I take out the little brush trees and stuff that gets in the way.

I do have to give a shout out to my Dad for the majority of the yard work and tree removal that has been going on.  I will do work here and there but he gets out there and busts his butt daily.

It started off that we were only going to remove the 12 or so brush trees and about 20 crap trees that are growing in the random sections of fence we have in the yard.  Then we started planning my husbands garage/workshop building…  To make that project not be in the middle of the property and weird we have to add at least 5 huge gorgeous pine trees to the list as well.  We are going to be planting a lot more to make up for everything we are taking out.  We just want to make sure they are in good places. Lugging branches, logs and brush to the burn pile is a hard chore!

Speaking of the “burn pile”…  When we first looked at the house and property we were told that this huge 80×15 pile of leaves and brush in the middle of the 4 acres was a compost pile.  I don’t know what kind of compost pile has treated fence posts and railroad timbers in it but, mine does!

So, we made a make shift fire pit and started picking through it and burning what we can little by little.  Obviously, we have been setting aside all the treated stuff to dispose of or use elsewhere since it can’t be burned.  As we get part of the pile down, we add more to the fresh cut tree pile to burn later.

I know i need to be patient and realize that this is all a work in progress.  It just seems so huge right now!  I feel like we are getting nowhere, fast.  If only I could wiggle my nose and have everything be done!  Ahh, that’d be amazing!

Have you started taking on huge spring cleaning jobs, inside or outside?  Do you have any thoughts or tips for what I am doing?

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Bugs!!

Since moving into the new house, and being here for a few months now, we have found some of the issues the property has that no one told us about…

The property hasn’t been appropriately maintained for years.  We have been slowly mowing and taking down trees in the back 4 acres.  I knew this house was going to be hard work and I thought I was ready for anything…  I am finding out exactly how out of shape I am!!  Don’t get me wrong, I love the work, it is all totally worth it, but holy hell.

The house hasn’t been maintained as well as it looked either.  We have those Asian beetles and boxelder bugs living in our siding and finding ways into our house.  All winter we have been dealing with these guys!  I was searching for a safe and more natural way to handle these guys since I have a slew of critters in my house that I don’t want to harm.

We are trying Diatomaceous Earth first.  We took apart the draining track area of all of our windows and sprinkled it in there, under our siding, and basically anywhere that wouldn’t get wet.  Supposedly, if this stuff gets wet, it is no longer effective.  We will see how this all goes.  The way it works is basically it dehydrates the bugs and they die.  If they eat the DE it’s super sharp and cuts up their insides as well as it dehydrates them.  It sounds horrible and writing it down makes me feel bad about it but, I know that if any birds, dogs, cats, or anything eats these dead bugs they will not be harmed from the DE!

Has anyone else used this before?  Was it successful?  I would LOVE to know if this is going to work rather than waiting and seeing!!  As usual, let me know if you have any thoughts, ideas, or opinions on what I am writing about!  I love hearing from you!!

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