Cow-Ready Perimeter.

Breezy with chilly sunlight, Nora is in her element.
Time for the big charismatic pines to take their meds against pine beetles and disease.
3/8 to 1/2 inch deep holes every 6 inches or so, then tap in the tube, then snap on the med kits and pump them. The meds are taken up by the tree over the course of a few hours.
5 left over treatments for the leafy yard tree. The vaccine works across species.
Cows are scheduled to arrive tomorrow, but we’ll see. Time to secure the barb wire fence around the house (the only fence work done on the entire property so far this year…). I drove in two new posts here, and another around the L side along the creek. Then I split some 140 year old cedar posts, retired from their fence line duty long ago- and kept for this new application as “stays” between the driven posts.
The cedar alternate between the driven posts. They are light and strong, maintaining tension on the wire.
New Stays all the way up to the corner. I also headed up the road to fix a barbwire gate that was Dave-Fixed last fall; the lead post and a mid post had snapped in two (driven over when left on the ground most likely), with a “fix” of webbing pulling each section of broken lead post to the anchor post. This negates the gate’s function, but does stand it back up again, mostly. No picts of all that.
While at it, I braced the corner with a stout and long old run of cedar. I dug a footing for the end in the ground, cut a notch in the portion against the corner post so it seats nicely, pounded it down putting tension on the corner, and anchored it with two big timber screws.
We headed over the hill for a quick Bluebird house installation, and deer, deer, deer- Antelope!
Zoomed in from the last image.
I found this little soldier off its post and on the other side of the road up against the barb wire fence. It needed fixes from some rough treatment, but can redeploy. The new bird house we brought up replaced a haggard old soldier made of delaminating plywood- my field triages had held it together for 10 years, but it had finally succumbed to the elements.
The old aluminum extension ladder we brought up from SLC years ago was outrigged with a big stabilizing brace, and now it is no problem to get up to the high spots. That vent up top needed caulking around the edges to seal out wasps and flies.
This much higher vent needed the same. I turned off the electricity to the house before heading up.
E has been plugging away at aerating the front patch of yard.
A very slow and stuttered stroll around this piece of yard. Better than looking at a computer screen.
The holes are from digging up all the bunch grass (the yard looks like an angry golfer smashed out divots everywhere), seeded by invading cows over the course of decades. Nora did not partake in any of the digging. She probably would dig a hole to express herself, but has never needed to articulate anything of that nature.
1 comment
  1. Mom said:

    Oh, thank you for seeing that the trees get their medicines!!!! Your love of Mother Earth is so devotedly displayed not only at the ranch, but in your home garden. Blessings to you……..may more and more of us honor and cherish her.

    Have a safe trip home. Nora will miss the spaciousness of the hills…….


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