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Homestead Update

31 Jan

I wanted to give you an update on the happenings at our homestead. There really has not been much going on due to the record cold weather we have been having. I know it has been much worse for those of you further North, but it has been cold enough here that I haven’t spent much time outside. Last weekend the weather finally broke and we had above average temps so we cranked up the tractor and did some brush clearing in the front area by the road.

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You might remember we have four old, nearly dead trees on either side of the driveway.

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There are quite a few limbs falling out of the trees that need to be cleaned up.

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I turned those old snags into a couple of buckets full of firewood, and with the cold temps we have been having it really came in handy!

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Now I need to clean up these saplings by pulling them up with the tractor. I don’t want to cut them down and leave all those stubs to have to mow over later. I will have to give you an update on that later because I had some trouble with my tractor and had to call the mechanic. The starter is stuck, it won’t disengage! I tapped on it with a hammer to try to unstick it, but it just kept whirring. I finally had to disconnect the battery to get it to stop. Well, the weather is going to take a turn for the worse again next week so I guess it is a good time for the tractor to be out of commission and in the shop. Keep prepping everyone.

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Brush Grubber

16 Mar

Some of you who follow this blog may remember how grown up the fence lines are on the homestead. We have been slowly working at clearing some of the brush and sapling trees with a Brush Grubber. Here are some before pictures of the fence line.

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I cut up the bigger stuff for firewood, and we put the smaller bits through the Chipper Shredder. I also pulled up some of the 2-4 inch diameter trees with a brush grubber.

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You can wrap the grubber around a small tree and jerk it out of the ground using a tractor or pick-up truck. It works great! It jerks them up by the roots and doesn’t leave a cut off stub to have to mow over. The description of the brush grubber says you can wrap it around clumps of small brush and vines, but I have to give it a thumbs down on that aspect. Anytime I tried that it just slipped off of the vines and didn’t pull up any of them. But here are some of the pictures of the fence line now.

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It’s starting to look a lot cleaner except for that old fallen tree stump.P1010102

I couldn’t cut that stump any smaller because it had old livestock fencing growing into the wood, and I didn’t want to cut into that wire with my chainsaw. But shortly after this picture was taken we wrapped the brush grubber chain around the stump and drug it back to the gully and shoved it off into a washout. So it is out of sight now. I also had a small stump of a tree I had to cut out-of-the-way to get the big tree cut up.

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The stump need to be dug up with the backhoe on my tractor. I have used the backhoe for only an hour or so, and I knew I would never be very proficient with it. It has two levers and each lever can move in four directions to perform different motions. That is way to much to think about and keep up with for me, but I thought Nephew would probably be very good at this because it is just like the motions he uses with his game controller for his video games such as “Call Of Duty”. And sure enough, after 5 minutes he was handling the backhoe much better than I ever will be able to. It only took him a few minutes with my supervision to dig up that stump.

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So now we have a good start on the clean-up in front and things are looking up.