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Saturday, May 03, 2014

Saturdays Six Words and Sunday Shadows May 3-4, 2014

Carefully living in a wildfire zone....
Because we live in a wild fire zone, we take
care to keep Manzanita and other highly
flammable shrubs cut back and far away
from our home. This means that we periodically
remove and either burn or chip the piles of brush.
Today we are renting a big chipper with a neighbor.
We'll chip up all our piles and then help 
our neighbor do the same on his property.
We will use all the chips for weed deterrent mulch.
Plus the chips will keep the dust down
in addition to keeping the ground moist. 
Clearing the Manzanita also enables
native wild flowers to appear! 


One of many piles of Manzanita waiting for the chipper!
May 2014

 Burnt Stump From Fire of 1929

Soft Arnica, May 2014

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Have a great weekend!

14 comments:

Sandee said...

A little maintenance goes a long way. Good for you.

Have a fabulous weekend honey. Big hugs. :)

mlissabeth said...

Nice to see the wildflowers appear.

Celia said...

Good for you, keep yourselves safe. Nice to restore those wildflowers too, so many have been crowded out.

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

How wonderful to see life come back!
And so it goes.

Melanie Crouse said...

It sounds exhausting, but well worth the effort. Stay safe!

Ralph said...

Ah, the things we must do to maintain our environs safely. Naturally, wildfires will look at leafless shrubbery to propagate its evil intent - so we have to blunt the effects by pruning and chopping. Hope you get enough rain in CA to mitigate any and all wildfires...

messymimi said...

An ounce of prevention in this case beats the tar out of having to rebuild your home. Great work!

Romi C said...

It seems to be a lot of work, but it's worth it.
Have a lovely day!

colleen said...

The tree looks like a big chunk was just lopped off. I must be weird becasue that shot speaks to me.

Stephen Hayes said...

There's always work to do. Take care.

Leovi said...

Yes , you have to watch a lot of fires !

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Hello Kathe girl and thank you for dropping by my blog : )
I can see it must be a constant job keeping that "weed" under control as a fire break. Good luck with that and I hope it behaves itself !!LOL
Joy

Gillena Cox said...

enjoyed your photos, would luv if you shared at my Sunday meme link up

http://myblog-lunchbreak.blogspot.com/2014/05/1437.html


much love...

Crafty Green Poet said...

sounds like good work all round!