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The Cedar Terminator

December 29, 2010

Last week, we had a couple of guys come out and obliterate some stands of cedar, scrub elm, and brambles. There was plenty more they could do, but I’d have to sell more lamb than I have available to pay for it all 🙂

I shot a video of Keenan and his giant muncher terminating some of the cedars in the north pasture:

Sorry it’s hard to hear, but it was a really windy day. Here’s a closeup of what is left of the cedar scourge:

Why do we care so much about ridding our pasture of eastern red cedar? Mainly because cedar is a water glutton and will rob all other plants in the vicinity. In addition, it doesn’t build soil fertility, and it can spread rapidly. My mom has always joked that the best way to create a wind break is to string a clothesline between two posts right where you want the windbreak to go. In ten years, there will be a nice-sized crop of cedar all along that row planted by the birds lighting on the clothesline. You see many pasture areas in this part of the state where there are several acres of dense cedar where nothing else grows. Eastern red cedar isn’t native to Oklahoma and is considered a noxious weed in many of our counties. While we’re not trying to kill every single one, we are trying to knock them back. We had Keenan leave the biggest ones, and we’ll show you how we are managing them in a future post.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 3, 2011 6:40 pm

    I love the word “brambles.” That is all <3, RDK

    • January 3, 2011 11:28 pm

      LOL, “brambles” might be a ten dollar word for a 50 cent shrub in this case, but either way, that giant bush has been a thorn in my side!

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