Tree vs. Wife’s New Ford Escape

After our first big snowstorm on the mountain, I noticed a tree was leaning due to the weight of the snow and ice. It was leaning toward my wife’s new Ford Escape, so I cleared out the garage to get the vehicle in there (we recently moved in and the garage was pretty full). She absolutely loves her Escape and I knew she’d be devastated if something happened to it. After cleaning out the garage, I got the Escape 95% of the way in the garage and the tree came crashing down two minutes later! Luckily, there wasn’t a scratch on her vehicle! I guess “Escape” is an appropriate name in this case! I’m so happy my Wyze camera captured this! Here’s a link to the Wyze cameras that captured this:
And yes, I’m the only idiot that would take the time to take “before” pictures of an impending disaster.
Image of Ford Escape with tree looming in the background
Image of Ford Escape with tree looming in the background
After the tree fell

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Last Minute, No-Till Food Plot – Part 2

image of  Evolved Habitat's Harvest Throw & Gro, No-till Forage

It’s September 1st and I want to have a decent food plot growing for the start of archery season in October. Now, I know you are supposed to do a soil test to find out what your soil’s PH is, but there isn’t any time for that at the moment. It’s really late in the game, but I’m hoping I can have some good results in a few weeks. I picked up some of this Evolved Habitat’s Harvest Throw & Gro, No-till Forage with the hope that I’d be able to create a mini food plot in the heavily-wooded mountains where I hunt. The seed mix consists of clover, brassica and ryegrass.

If this truly is a no-till, throw & grow product, we will found out.

I previously cleared a section of ferns in a clearing I named “Fern Gully” (see part 1 here) and minimally prepped the ground for the seed (just raked up the vegetation and removed debris). If this truly is a no-till, throw & grow product, we will found out.

I seeded the area and added a small amount of basic fertilizer for good measure. Below are photos of what the ground looked like after seeding and fertilizing. You can see that there are still plenty of fern stems and other debris on the ground. I am hoping this Throw & Gro food plot mix lives up to it’s name.

Last Minute, No-Till Food Plot – Part 1

The property I own is on the side of a mountain and just about completely wooded. During the fall, deer are retreating to heavily wooded areas such as this and are looking for food sources to help sustain them through the rut. Creating a mini food plot in this sort of environment can be a real draw for those elusive mountain bucks.

Luckily, I have a nice opening in the forest which is about 1/10th of an acre that is completely full of ferns (which is why I named it “Fern Gully”). In late August (August 27th to be exact), I decided to try and make a mini food plot at Fern Gully and see how it turned out for the upcoming archery season.

image of "Fern Gully" an opening in the forest with an abundance of fern growth.
“Fern Gully” a small opening in the forest with an abundance of fern growth.

You may have had one of these tools around the barn or garage while you were growing up like I did. Grass whips are a simple and efficient way to get rid of weeds (or ferns in this case). They are lightweight (which is helpful when working in remote locations) and durable. Plus, you can work on your golf swing while whacking weeds! The particular grass whip I used for this project was from Amazon: True Temper 2942600 Grass Whip with Double-Edged Serrated Steel Blade with 38 in. Hardwood Handle, Black

“Fern Gully” after using the grass whip to clear many of the ferns.

I cleared out a good portion of the ferns, but wanted to leave a decent amount for bedding areas. I noticed that the deer had quite a few beds in the area and I wanted to leave some spots untouched so they would continue bedding down there. I then raked the area and removed old vegetation and debris (bigger rocks, rotten logs, etc.) and prepped it to plant my mini food plot in the forest.