I may have Scottish heritage, but i have no love for the most prevalent species on my farm: Scotch Broom.
This is a view out the upstairs window last Summer when we first looked at the place. Scotch Broom is actually a lovely plant, but is super duper invasive. Scotch broom generally takes over clear-cuts and other areas of mismanagement (case in point over grazed pasture). The seed bank (length of time seeds remain viable) for Scotch Broom is over 50 years. FIFTY years. So, you’re looking at my life-long project: sweeping out the broom!
Luckily, i have a super cool tool on my side: the weed wrench. Provided at no charge on a loan basis from the Soil and Water Conservation District of Benton County, this snazzy tool allows little ole me to pull huge plants right out of the ground by their roots. It’s fascinating, amazing, fun, a little backbreaking and rather tedious. Some may say “oh, my – you poor thing” at the amount of work i got done in 2 hours, but i think this is really quite a dent! (Paying no attention to the fact that i also ‘planted’ a zillion seeds by disturbing the wet soil when dragging the plants off the fence line.)
My short-term plan is to pull all the broom off the fence lines we plan on re-building as yard/Pocket/chicken/goose fence around the house. Secondary plan is to pull more plants off the pasture to open it up for more grazing and better access to blackberries and edible thickets for goats. Third plan is to mow the bejeebers out of the rest of the plants and continue to mow/pull seedlings for the rest of my life. Yeah!
And to think, my Ma actually PLANTS this stuff in her yard! Crazy! Always check your local ‘invasive species’ list before you go planting anything non-native. She can get away with it because it’s crazy dry where she lives. In other planting news – i’m starting a lovely hedgerow of native plants along our roadside stretch of lawn AND my husband fixed our wheelbarrow! Check that out – i can move poo and hay and soil and plants (and corgis) with efficiency, yipee!!!
Do you have a species on your property that is your lifelong foe (plant or animal)?