OldFarmhouse Ranch Blog

Land and Wildlife Management

Cedar Removal – Aug 2014

Got to spend morning outside to cut down cedar trees. Trees cut down were between 6 inches and 7 feet in length. Managed to get a couple of hours in but the Texas sun got the better of me,

Built a habitat shelter from longer cedar trees and filled in with smaller trees.

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Water Supplementation – March 2014

Fixed leak in tank and serviced water pans/floats.

Gave white tank a thorough cleaning – required a soak in vinegar solution to remove all algae.

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Water Pans – July 2014

Cleaned water pans and made sure water was filling pans.

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Bird Feeders

Bird Feeding is tagging along although we have noticed that feed is lasting much longer than normal. I assume this is due to heavier than normal rainfall and their simply being more for the birds to feed on.

Bird feeders are checked about every week and filled up as required.

During May, we cleaned and serviced bird feeders ( the squirrels are pretty tough on them).

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Rattler!

Haven’t seen many snakes this year but did come across this rattler – pretty cool!

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Brush Management – April

On Southern Edge of property on West quadrant we cut back Cedar trees growing under the Live Oaks.

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Fire Ant Control

While Fire Ant control is pretty ongoing as we try poison when we stumble across mounds when walking the property we put in some time in May and July treating various mounds after the rains.

Areas treated are around stock tank and then east and south of the old farmhouse – pretty much the same areas as during 2013.

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April Strip Mowing

Managed to get some serious tractor seat time in. So far estimate around 20 acres mowed this year.

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Blue Bonnets – April 2014

Have bluebonnets coming up in several places – East of Stock Tank and South of large Pecan Tree on far West side of property.

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Sowing Seed – Jan/March

January saw some serious effort in sowing of seed. Sections by Pecan Tree and Stock tank were mowed really low then I ran the disc harrow several times with criss-cross pattern. Discing was kept less than 2 inches to reduce bringing up dormant weeds. Area was left to settle and then disced again several weeks later.

Seeds were manually sown (by hand) and then tramped down into soil by riding over seeding section with mule (which has the widest tires).

March, Added more seed to section by stock tank (stripped mowed/disc harrowed section).

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