if not muscle.........I promise your arms will be very sore if you use the
method I am using!
The house sits on 13 acres of wild , untouched prairie land.
Among the wild flowers, grasses, and crooked mesquite trees I love so well.........
is cactus. Cactus is pretty.......in it's own way,
it blooms and attracts bees
and adds color and beauty to the prairie.
However, if left un-controlled, it is very invasive and takes
over and destroys natural prairie land. It harbors large numbers of rats and mice,
which attracts large rattlesnakes.
And the cactus plant can grow 6 ft high and several feet around.
We at first did not have a cactus problem , but when the wind blows, the cactus
seed scatters and takes roots. So for the past few months, I have been whacking down
and picking up with a large fork this never ending cactus.
Where does the muscle building come into?? After whacking the large paddles off,
they are full of water and very heavy. I use a heavy pickaxe to knock the cactus down,
which wears out my arms,
then I load it all with the big pitch fork into a wheel barrel.....
"instant sore arms and one day muscles. "
The wheel barrel is very heavy to push and I carry all of this cactus
to the very edge of our property .......where the dirt from the cotton
fields blow. Cactus will not burn, and where ever it is left, it will resprout and
take over that area. So I decided that since I have no other way to dispose of it.....
I would make a natural fence on our back property line. It will be beautiful in bloom, will feed the bees, and hopefully will be easier to control .......no more cactus problems for me!
I am not destroying all of the cactus here on the grounds.........as I say,
it does have it's place and it is pretty..........this is that large plant
I showed in the fourth and fifth photo............after I whacked and pruned it .......a bit
It had a heart shaped paddle, which made me smile........
I hope this will stay and it will bloom.
The days here have been so pretty and fair........my daffodils have
awakened and are sprouting . I cant wait to see them bloom!
So tell me all..........what invasive plant do you have to deal
with in your back yard? I would love to hear!