Along the back driveway one summer noon.Continue reading
Another successful prescribed burn at the end of 2022.
This was actually the burn of the area in which the Treat’s Rain Lilies have since come up, six weeks later.
There’s more to do if we ever get good conditions again, as in dry for enough days after a rain.
For those who are not familiar with prescribed burns, they are necessary to the health of pine forests. Pine trees, especially longleaf pine trees, are more resistant to fire than other trees. So burns favor pines, and without burning, oaks, sweetgums, etc. take over. And burning temporarily cuts back the gallberry, blackberry, and Smilax vine thickets that get too thick for wildlife. Quail and other birds have already moved into areas of previous burns.Continue reading
Update 2023-03-07: Longleaf candling after burn 2023-03-06.
Fastest burn ever!
We lit the one and only match no earlier than 11AM, and the fire was completely burned by 2PM. So three hours to burn 20 acres of planted longleaf pines.
Thanks to both the Lowndes County and Moody AFB Fire Departments for coming out, although they both determined we had firebreaks and backfires, water, rakes, and water.
I had called Lowndes County Fire Rescue before we started, leaving a message with our burn permit. But that had not percolated to the man in charge of fires in the north of Lowndes County.
Thanks to new neighbor Landen Ryan for helping Gretchen and me.
Some of the subdivision neighbors wondered what was going on. The phenomenon of prescribed burns in fire forests is something unfamiliar to most suburbanites, and is yet another reason counties should not rezone to permit subdivisions in agriculture and forestry areas. Continue reading
Some weeks ago, lightning struck a bunch of trees and killed them.
During Hurricane Nicole, two of them fell across the front driveway.
A little chainsaw work cleared the driveway.
These two pictures are from November 5, 2022. Notice how the dead trees are in a line. Continue reading
Ah, fall flowers, dogs frolicking in the dog fennel, and mysterious molds, all on a morning walk.
And chiggers. Most likely Trombicula alfreddugesi, aka Eutrombicula alfreddugesi, in the genus Trombicula, family Trombiculidae.
Whichever species of arachnids, cousins of ticks and spiders, these ones will make you itch for days. They can raise red welts and send you to the doctor seeking steroids. You don’t want to see pictures of that.Continue reading
If you want a southern pine forest, you have to burn every few years to keep the other trees back, and to keep the vines from climbing to the top as ladder fuels.
This was a burn around the house, also to reduce the likelihood of wildfires or our other burns getting to the house.
Might be prudent to do it in less than five years, since there was a lot of raking to be done this time. That’s why we took two days to do this five acres.
But we did it with one match. No gasoline or diesel to spread the fire. Just flaming pine straw on rakes. Continue reading
We burn so the longleaf and the other pine trees can flourish.
Some bits of wood smoke for a while after the fire.
Don’t worry: in a few weeks, the whole burned area will be green again.