Hedge Trimming

We had originally decided to trim the leyland cyprus hedge along the driveway from 15ft to about 10ft. I stood in the pickup truck bed and did about 100ft of the hedge before I changed my mind. I didn’t want to be standing up here in the pickup truck year after year trimming these hedges. I moved the pickup truck and trimmed them down to about 5.5ft, a level I can easily reach without a ladder. They look a little rough now, but they really open up the view from the front of the house, I like it.

Here is what it looked like when I started today, as viewed from right in front of the porch.

What it looked like when I started today.

What it looked like when I started today.

 

Initial hedge trim at about 10ft high

Initial hedge trim at about 10ft high

 

Here are some pictures of the final cuts, MUCH shorter.

Ended when the rain started, still have another 100 ft of the tallest bushes left.

Ended when the rain started, still have another 100 ft of the tallest bushes left.

And before the rain started.

Almost done for the day.

Almost done for the day.

+30 acres

Together with my neighbor we finally closed on the property purchase of the lot behind us. We ended up splitting it diagonally, with each of us getting roughly 30 acres.  My main motivation for the purchase was to eliminate the easement down our driveway, which had the effect that anyone could be on the property at any time and claim they were transiting the easement to the property in the back.

Below is a picture of Michael and my nephew Kevin removing approximately 1,900 ft of t-post fence that used to separate our properties.  Took them 2 days, but they did a good job.  We then opened up a path so we can directly access the center of the new property from our existing paths.

Removing a fence line is hard work!!

Removing a fence line is hard work!!

Path to new property

Path to new property

Big Snow 2016

We received 2ft of snow down at the farm.  Didn’t make it down here for over a week, but when we did there was still a bunch of snow on the driveway.  The back blade on the tractor does a decent job of plowing the snow.  If I was there when it was snowing I think I would feel more comfortable with a tractor mounted snow blower,  2ft would be tough to push around with a back blade.

Here’s a video of Dad working the back blade

Dad working the back blade

Dad working the back blade

Drone footage

Some of my nephew Matt’s buddies stopped by and took some beautiful video from their drones. Quite impressive what you can do with one of those puppies.  Scroll down to see the video I uploaded on YouTube.

IMG_4534

 

Cutting Wood

Finally got the brothers and Dad up to cut up the large red oak tree that feel down towards  the front of the property.  We made a large dent in it but still need to cut up the trunk.  It was tough work!

IMG_4335

Splitting wood

Splitting wood

Making a dent on a really large red oak tree.

Packing it up

Packing it up