Sunday, February 28, 2016

Are we below the average snowfall for the season?

This past week we had about 10 inches of snow fall in lower Michigan.  The good news - it should melt in the next few days because the temperature is going to be about 50 degrees.  

This winter has been a decent one - not a lot of snow has fallen  - our area is quit a bit below average.  As of today, the weather almanac lists for snow fall for our area:
Season41.2"
Prev. Year75.0"
Normal Season64.8"
Change Season-23.6"
So a normal season of snow through the end of February is about 65 inches.  We've only had 41 inches this year so far.

Of course, it's still February.  We have another month of winter to get through.  

I keep looking for bluebirds.  I see today that a sparrow is checking out the bluebird box so time to get the "sparrow spookers" installed.  

Took some pics of "the big snow" from earlier this week.

Driving down my driveway - headed to work

The snow can be pretty - especially if it melts right away
street view
I've been thinking about what I'll be planting in my garden this year.  Tomatoes, squash, lettuce, carrots (Snickers says yes).


Monday, February 1, 2016

Repairing a Split Bradford Pear Tree

Our bradford pear tree has a split in it.  We've learned that this is common for this type of tree - especially after an ice or wind storm.  After talking with an expert at a local nursery, Harder & Warner, Mark decided to try his hand at tree surgery.  He was super bummed the tree was snapping apart and he is hoping this is the fix!

Here's the result.  Yes, I put the chickens on the branches - they don't fly that well.


Apparently it's rather common for pear trees to split and it is possible to mend them by either attaching cables around the branches and trunk, or, like what Mark did, drilling through the trunk and bolting it together.

 





Bradford Pear trees have the propensity to split apart.  A good explanation of why is here:
http://www.gfc.state.ga.us/community-forests/ask-the-arborist/SalvagingtheBradfordPear.pdf
and here:
http://centraltexastreecare.com/why-do-bradford-pears-split/

For a discussion on bolting a cracked/split tree together:
http://ffxtreestewards.org/2013/12/25/winter-damage-prevention-and-repair/

This whole process reminds me of the movie Frankenweenie Weenie - about a pet dog who died and the little boy patched him back together (it worked in the movie at least for a little while).  As someone who recently lost their small little dog, I HATED that movie!  Did you see it?  If so, what did you think?

Frankenweenie

Rated: PG
Release Date: October 5, 2012
When a car hits young Victor's pet dog Sparky, Victor decides to bring him back to life the only way he knows how. But when the bolt-necked "monster" wreaks havoc and terror in the hearts of Victor's neighbors, he has to convince them that Sparky's still the good, loyal friend he was.

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