Weeds and Other Nuisance Plants
Multi-flora rose and other nuisance plants
Briers and Weeds
We are so blessed to live in one of the most desirable areas in the South. My wife and I both grew up here in rural Henderson County North Carolina and neither of us are world travelers. My military experience took me to several of the states including Texas, New York, Colorado, Florida and my final year, to Alaska. Although my limited travel allowed me to see some of the most beautiful states in our country, none equal the beauty of our Blue Ridge Mountains and our Green River Community of Zirconia.
We are blessed to have pure water to drink and the mountains, though not high like the Rockies, are filled with hardwoods and Pine. Mountain Laurels and Rhododendrons are prevalent in the hollows and mountainsides and there are large pastures filled with cattle and agricultural fields which are cultivated each year producing crops such as beans, squash, tomatoes, corn and many other vegetables that find their way to grocery and fresh markets along the East coast. We also have numerous apple orchards which is the main crop of our county, the largest in our state of North Carolina.
My wife and I are not large landowners and have only 2 acres where we live. We are thankful for what God has given us and following a house fire in 1989, we rebuilt on the same spot. Our lot is a rolling hillside for the most part and about 10 years ago we cleared the wooded portion of our land which had large Poplar trees. Clearing land to get "new ground" is something our forebears had to do to survive. Fields were needed that could be cultivated, pastures cleared for cattle and horses or other livestock. This process was hard work, grubbing stumps and clearing less desirable vegetation.
I began several years ago to rid my land of the Sumac,honeysuckle's,locust sprouts and those dreaded multi-flora roses that have plagued our mountains since they were introduced shortly after WWII to be used as a fence hedge. Each year that passes requires a new commitment and attack plan to keep those undesirable weeds and plants at bay to prevent a complete take over.
We have come a long way when it comes to controlling weeds. A sharp bush ax or a grubbing hoe were once the main weapon but thanks to modern science, chemicals have been developed that can be sprayed on weeds to eliminate or control their growth. For many of us, we can purchase these chemicals at our neighborhood hardware stores such as Lowe's, Home DePot or Ace. Round-up or similar products can be easily mixed with water if purchased in a concentrated formula. Pre-mixed can also be bought that can be used on small areas infected with poison oak or some other nuisance plant. Care should be taken when using these products which can be hazardous to animals and children.
Bush-hogging if the lot is accessible is another way to control weeds and grasses.Along roadsides here in our community, once a year we might have our road banks worked with a long arm which is similar to a bush hog and has a boom which can reach upward to about 15 or 20 feet. This process keeps the limbs and branches of roadside trees from blocking views of drivers on our crooked mountain roads.
Remember when working to eliminate your undesirable shrubs, plants or trees to be cautious. Wear protective clothing such as gloves, goggles to protect your eyes and be mindful that snakes and stinging insects such as yellow jackets or wasps also build and inhabit these areas.
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