Growing up with my dad and his bulldozing business I have seen a lot of trees dozed out and piled up to later be burned. It was normally done for soil conservation work, building dams, terraces and waterways.
Also growing up I watched my dad plant many trees. He also trimmed and nurtured trees already there and he made good use from dead trees using them as a heat source to heat his three story farm house.
My dad planted a little tiny pin oak tree when my sister Leslie was born. Today (uh 34 years later?) the tree stands tall and beautiful just like my sister.
One last story about my dad and trees. One day after a rain (when I was very young, maybe 6 or 7 ) I went with my dad to trim up some small trees. My dad had recently done some work on his own property and was able to let most all the good hardwood trees stand. And he wanted to trim them up since it was wet and he couldn't operate the bulldozer. I can still hear him say (on about every tree) "I'll never live to see it but someday this will make someone a nice straight walnut log". I am happy to report that he lived to see one of those walnut trees cut down and hauled to sawmill to be cut up into lumber for Wenzl Woodworking.
I share these stories in celebration of Arbor Day and also in hope that it may inspire someone else (myself included) to plant more trees.
As you all know there are many considerations when planting a tree. A good place to go for information is arborday.ord.
Lastly I apologize that the tree pictured above is not the pin oak mentioned above. It was the only picture I had on file at the time of posting. It is a scarlet maple that I planted a few years back. It was over 10' tall the day I planted it and has endured a really hot, dry and windy summer a few years ago.
Mowing wet grass creates issues.
Like right now, end of April and first of May, the “rainy” season when your doing lawn care. You don't want to let the grass get too tall, and when it’s raining every day there has to be some method of cutting it down to size until you can cut it in a routine manner.
So, here’s some things to consider:
1) Cut higher than you normally would. Mow 1/2" higher if necessary. Try to avoid excess clippings, especially clippings over 1" in length.
2) If your lawn looks like a mowed “hay field” (excess clippings on your lawn) be sure and remove them by raking or, using a yard sweeper, or cut and bag them with the mower when it’s dry (or drier). Lots of clippings suffocate healthy grass and can cause fungal disease in your lawn.
3) Mow before its time to be cut if you can. If you know it’s going to rain on a particular day consider mowing a day or two earlier to get ahead of the weather and the extra growth. Mow more often if you can. Inconvenient? It's inconvenient but more convenient than raking all those clippings.
I recently got caught up leaving my grass grow longer (trying to get a little more root growth this spring) and then the rain came longer than I anticipated. So today I mowed my grass twice, first time set as high as it will go (5") then again set at 4-1/4". It won't be long before I will need to mow again. Meanwhile in my haste I left a couple burn out marks from turning too fast.
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