Monday, August 25, 2008

West Virginia Weekend

This weekend the brush pile went from this:

to this:

This tree is one of the reasons we are cutting the brush back. To get to the vines before they kill any more trees. We have a LOT of vine-strangled trees.

The vines are of many sorts. Grapes are the worst offender followed by Poison Ivy and Virginia Creeper.

Here is how I dealt with a Poison Ivy vine this weekend.
Here is a Poison Ivy vine climbing a tree. Almost all the green you see is Poison Ivy Leaves.

This vine has already made hundreds of berries. Berries have seeds in them. Birds find Poison Ivy berries quite delicious. Birds poop. When the bird poops, out comes the seed ready to grow in a new location. Die, vine, die!

This is what the Poison Ivy vine looks like climbing the tree. Brown and hairy.

I used a pruning tool to cut off a section of the vine about six inches long and then sprayed the bottom portion of the vine with Poison Ivy killer. I cut a bigg enough portion so that I can tell at a glance that the vine has been cut and can easily see if a smaller vine grows up bridging the gap. Be careful not to touch the vine, leaves, berries, or the cutting part of the tool. Poison Ivy sap will get on your skin and itch like crazy. The rash takes up to two weeks to appear.

Another chore we tackled was cutting up this fallen limb.

It just about filled our cart.

The bark has already fallen off and the branches are scored by the scars left behind by Bark Beetles. Bark Beetles kill many trees, but the scars are works of art. Click on the picture to see it larger.

1 comment:

Barbee' said...

Looks as if you are conquering the wilderness :) I fight vines like that, too.