Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Sticks & Stones

This is the little island in the inlet of our horseshoe-shaped driveway. It was once filled with pine trees, wild-growing unwanted Russian Olive trees, African daisies and a whole slew of wildflowers...

Over the years our automatic sprinkler system went on the blink and things started dying off. Just a few weeks ago we had a snowstorm that actually broke the dead trees and left branches laying across our driveway. So, this is what I found when I came home from work yesterday...

My husband cut down all the dead trees and trimmed anything else that was still alive, but needed trimming. He found an old "fort" that my son and his friends put together back in their elementary school days. It must have felt like a treasure hunt digging around in there.

We will have to find time to deliver all these branches to the dump. Normally, I might take a log from a cut-down tree and put it in the horse's paddock for them to play with, jump, and chew on, but Russian Olive trees are toxic to horses.

Ironically, the other type of tree that grows wild on our property is the Honey Locust. Honey Locusts are pretty and fast growing. There are two in the pasture that I debated over digging up since Black Locust trees are extremely toxic to horses. Even though both trees have the Locust name, I couldn't find any literature anywhere that warned about Honey Locust trees and horses. In fact, it appears that Honey Locust trees rely on horses and cattle consuming them and spreading seeds through their droppings.


Lulu said...

I grew up in Colorado, on a property that was literally lined with the Russian Olive Trees. Our horses never touched them, thankfully. I do not miss the thorns that those dang trees had though!

fernvalley01 said...

Sprinmg is upon you! I dont't love the "after winter Cleanup" but things do look better . Must have been a nice trip down memory lane finding the fort!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

That's a nifty little buffer from your house and the road, too. isn't it?
Do the pines provide privacy, too?
Too bad those broken limbs couldn't be used for some project or craft. The bark looks very interesting.