Sunday, August 9, 2015

Bee Ring Bed purge

The deer have devasted the bee forage at the sanctuary to the point that any effort to grow any is pointless and disheartening.

So for the past 10 days I've been purging the beds.

I dreaded the work what with my deteriorating ankle and other new and painful ailments that would make digging impossible.

But I hit upon a solution: I used my sawsall to do the heavy lifting, so to speak.

Thanks goodness it's been a dry few weeks, the soil, while hard, is quite crumbly and the saw blade got up the roots.  

45+ plants took half-a-dozen blades, but well worth the price.  I could never have done all this with a shovel.

To see results, click the pic for the rest of the story.


  1. Damn deer!
    I'm stuck with the hideous selections of hog panels, chicken fencing, misc scraps of this and that all ticky-tacked together with mismatching fenceposts/rebar/whatever.
    You know it's bad when I see a fawn and all I can think of is BANG!
    You did a heck of a lot of work. It's gotta be a good feeling.
    Let's see what the Bast@rds eat now...................

    1. I hear your anger and frustration. Now the deer are eating down the jewel weed and wild asters back by the golf course. And I'm having to deal with a groundhog now too. I saw a fawn in a neighbor's yard a few weeks ago while driving by. I wished I'd had a rifle! BANG. This purge is a lot of work, but at least I won't have to do it again. I'm going to splurge on another dozen or so white pine next year. I like evergreens.


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