I love mowing...I really do. I have no idea why and can't explain it, but I LOVE it. Dylan loves this about me, as well, as you could probably guess. Considering the acreage we have to mow, this is probably a great thing that I love it so much. I could mow all day. This doesn't happen....ever...but I do mow in spurts of an hour or so at a time several times a week. This is in addition to Dylan mowing when he gets spare minutes as well. It's pretty much a constant job 3/4 of the year.
I had my first round on the mower last night, and it was awesome. I started out with the Christmas Tree field behind the house, which took me about 30 minutes. Dylan had mentioned that if I completed that field to move down to the bottom and mow down the thistle. He said not to try to mow the whole field, just mow down the thistle.
I went down to the bottom and couldn't believe what I saw there. 85% of the field was COVERED in thistle. The plants ranged from little new ones to ones that were already 2-3 ft tall. We knew about a month ago that we were going to have issues in that field, but I don't think either of us were prepared for this. There was no way I couldn't mow the whole field and "just hit the thistle", as Dylan had said. They were everywhere. Before long, I took great pleasure in mowing them down. They seemed to "thump" every time I hit one. I started thinking if this were a game, I'd be winning due to the number of points I was accumulating.
Apparently, this thistle is Bull Thistle, according to Dylan. So after some research last night, we learned that it grows in disturbed areas and prevents livestock from grazing and spreads like crazy. Well...considering the whole property at this point is "disturbed" since we moved in, this could be a problem. The solutions are very strong herbicides (not going to happen), digging the plants and burning the seed pods (way too many for that to happen) or mow/chop them down before they flower and hope for the best. I guess we're going with the third option.
This bottom is one of our mulch fields, and if it continues, we aren't going to be able to use the chopped thistle as mulch, so this is disheartening. Hopefully, consistent mowing will keep them down and they won't come back with such vengeance next year.
Wish us luck.
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )