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Offline GATreeGrower

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Gotta love your own woods.
« on: April 12, 2013, 02:35:01 pm »
When I started on this place 5 years ago, the pines had just been planted, and both ponds were so grown up in willow and water oak you couldn't fish in them.  I just harrowed up food plots and girlfriend just caught a nice bass. And of course dog is always ready to go boating.  I mowed all the middles in the pines last year and made new roads, and cut many a wax myrtle and oak tree out of there.  A lot of these pines I planted myself as replants.  I plow up one side of the powerline and seed it with NWSG and leave the other to grow in broom sedge and forbs.  Its really awesome to see your hard work pay off over time and enjoy it.  Yeah that's my little story, hope you enjoyed it.  :D



  

  

 
 

  

 

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Re: Gotta love your own woods.
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2013, 03:00:12 pm »
How could someone not enjoy your story.  ;D   
I do alot around here. I do more cutting,clearing than planting. I have a grown up pasture that I am gaining on. Stone walls need to be rebuilt,hauled off 2 so far,so called walls,more like rocks spread out for 10 feet. Many places that I have leveled out so I can mow them,many rocks dug out too. I keep about an acre all cleaned up across from the garage. Nothing much smaller than 6 inches grows in there. Time to go through it and pick up the big branches. Than later I'll use my mini bush hog,  :D  a cheapy lawn mower,to chew up what i did not want to pick up. Than the woods is a never ending peoject.Yes I love my woods and land that much more.
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Re: Gotta love your own woods.
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2013, 05:13:04 pm »
Do you clear w tractor/saw?

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Re: Gotta love your own woods.
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2013, 07:09:28 pm »
Looks like you have a great place, and it would be interesting to watch your trees grow into timber knowing you planted them  8).
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« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2013, 07:11:15 pm »
Great post and photos, too. :)
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Re: Gotta love your own woods.
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2013, 07:29:01 pm »
I agree, having your own place  is special. You are doing some good work there. Your terrain and soil is so different than we see here. Mine is very hilly ledge and swamp. None tillable. If those pines are 5 years old they are growing fast by our standards. Very nice.

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« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2013, 08:03:56 pm »
       I'm very happy for you Ga. There's nothing like having someplace like that to call your own. You are a good steward of your land ;)
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« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2013, 08:27:55 pm »
GATreeGrower,the fields that have been here for years are mowed with the tractor. The place across the garage would be just about impossible to do with a tractor,even a small lawn tractor. Too many trees. I just do it with my mini bush hog. A little at a time. I may run 2-3 tank full through the mini until it's all mowed over. I only mow it once a year. Not much can grow under it because of the shade from the trees. No grass to speak off,just some green ferns and the bushes keep trying to grow back.
The grown up pasture is an on going project. Been working on it for more than 10 years. I do have a bush hog,but this is uneven ground. The bush hog maybe digging in on one side,but the other side is a foot high. I found it's very hard to kill back bushes and suckers off from stumps that could not be cut lower than 6 inches. I tried a lawn mower and noticed the difference right off. It cuts lower to the ground and does a much better job. Yes,ALOT slower and ALOT more work,but the out come is so much better.I have filled in and leveled out alot of the pasture.It's REAL rocky so no way to plow it up and harrow it unless I want to pick rocks all summer from doing it. I cut the trees low with my chainsaw and mow over them if I can. There is a mixture of soft wood and hardwood. I brought a OWB just to really burn the softwood from the pasture. I was just pushing it into a burn pile,but it would kinda burn for 4-5 days. :o It's a slow process,but the more I clear,the more I have to keep clear. there is a balance here. It's a battle for about 5 years and than I have won the War. There was one area that was real nice, meaning smooth. I can just about mow it with the tractor now,without doing alot of work on it. The grass is coming into the area real nice.
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Re: Gotta love your own woods.
« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2013, 08:37:19 pm »
Looking real good, there. 
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« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2013, 09:57:58 pm »
Nice  8) 8)  We do get attached to our property  :)
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« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2013, 07:33:04 pm »
Nice work, GA.  To say we get attached to our property is putting it mildly.  Nothing could move me off this patch of earth.
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« Reply #11 on: April 14, 2013, 05:46:58 pm »
Thanks for your kind comments yall.  I have enjoyed seeing pics of different members' land improvement projects as they evolve, and just figured I'd share one of mine.  These are the ponds, I forgot to include pics of them.  Yes I fish from a lawn chair :D
 

  

 

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« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2013, 07:54:51 pm »
I agree -- one really does become attached to, and protective of, one's own place.  Some years ago, before the Berlin Wall was taken down, and the Soviet Union ceased to exist, and communism ended, we had some teachers from the USSR visit our little town and hospital and schools.  At that time, of course, no-one in the USSR owned any private property, and particularly no-one owned any farmland or private forest land, as many of the members of the Forestry Forum do.  These visitors came to our place, which is 75 acres of western North Carolina mountains forested land, with a lovely 2-acre pond, which my wife and I enjoy and feel very fortunate to have.  I had the impression that these visitors experienced severe culture shock.  They could hardly believe, or comprehend, that a private individual could own such a beautiful piece of land, to do pretty much whatever he wanted to do with it.  So after that visit we have felt even more blessed -- and to live in this country.   My $.02 response to this thread.

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« Reply #13 on: April 14, 2013, 08:07:24 pm »
That's right on, David.  I just hope I can pass this same love for the land on to my kids one day (if I end up having kids, I hope so).  Seen a lot of family farms around here get sold on the courthouse steps when they passed to kids or grandkids.

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« Reply #14 on: April 14, 2013, 09:27:48 pm »
Now, I see one lawn chair down by the pond. I saw your girlfriend with a really nice bass. Do you two fish together? If so, which of you gets the chair? :D
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« Reply #15 on: April 14, 2013, 11:59:11 pm »
She catches and I release.   :D 

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« Reply #16 on: April 15, 2013, 04:12:34 am »
nice place gatreegrower!  Cool story about the visitors david.  Excellent thread; yes, I am very attached.  I flew 3000 miles to do some grounds and home maintenance for my mother-in-law back in '97(dredge the pond, fix the windmill, oil the woodwork in the kitchen and great room, etc, etc.).  fell in love with the farm the first time I laid eyes on it. After a month of discussion and because my MIL was not wanting to keep it, we made a 2 year plan to move our family from western WA to western NY.  I became the owner of 95 acres of farmland and woodlot in '99...always have called it the future retirement fund, IRA, 401k, investment for the generations to come(no other family member of hers wanted anything to do with it).  I've shed a LOT of blood sweat and event tears on and over every acre of my piece of heaven!  I hunt nowhere but on my own land, plant a good garden each spring, teach my growing or grown kids why I need to feel the soil and sawdust through my fingers, from our own land. all paid off in '09 just in time for the recession.  I feel like the taxes keep me from affording the toys like 4 wheelers and snowmobiles, but ya know what??  I'd rather walk it any day of any season!
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Re: Gotta love your own woods.
« Reply #17 on: April 15, 2013, 05:47:59 am »

The grown up pasture is an on going project. Been working on it for more than 10 years. I do have a bush hog,but this is uneven ground. The bush hog maybe digging in on one side,but the other side is a foot high. I found it's very hard to kill back bushes and suckers off from stumps that could not be cut lower than 6 inches. I tried a lawn mower and noticed the difference right off. It cuts lower to the ground and does a much better job.

Root rake does wonders, then burn the piles of roots and stumps once dried. ;D

Nice place GAtreeGrower and nice story. Do you folks get cattails that grow from the wild. Around here, any pond like that seems to seed to cattails on the rim, which in itself is nice to filter the water. Just wondering.

As to owning private land, I think it is not so shocking as it is different. Just because those folks didn't own land doesn't mean it's something evil. Lots of people here on this continent own a home and maybe 1/2 acre which they still don't really own if you consider land tax as rent. Stop paying 'rent' and see how long you still have it. ;)

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« Reply #18 on: April 15, 2013, 05:58:48 am »
I don't have a root rake,only have a 40hp tractor too. May not need more than that for root rake. Even going down 2 inches will produce more rocks than I care to see. Double that depth and triple the amount of rocks and maybe the size of them too.  :D This is just a small scale clearing job that it it takes me another 20 years to get done that will be fine. And if I don't get my Big Plan done, that is even finer.  ;D  Just more bushes to grow back when I am gone. I just kinda want it back the way it was when I was growing up. I have dug out a few stumps. It's hard with just a bucket,no back hoe. And did I mention,one stump,20 rocks? Than I find out they don't dry the best. Need a way to pick them up and shake the dirt out of them.
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« Reply #19 on: April 15, 2013, 06:01:56 am »
Then you need a rock picker, dozer with rake and dump truck to haul the rocks. ;D I had thought that maybe you was clearing land for crops. But maybe you just want to watch deer. ;) :D

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