[To see photos and stories of this prairie in other years, go to the links on the main Hidden Oaks Point page.]
We did two projects here this year. Mike cut (with a weed whacker) the small sumacs on the main part of the bluff prairie. That should slow them down a little. We should really cut them twice in one year, but we never seem to get to it.
I worked on the hillside that we had Kule Region Forestry clear last year. Since I had never treated the smaller shrubs, they were started to grow back – honeysuckle, buckthorn, prickly ash and raspberries. I cut and treated as much as I could – about half of what was there. I’ll try to do the rest next year.
1/31/2018 View from the prairie point
4/24/2018 View down over the cleared hillside
5/13/2018 Looking at the cleared hillside – with brush growing back
5/23/2018 A group of Burr Oaks at the edge of the point
7/31/2018 The prairie with sumac mostly cut
8/22/2018 Mike mowed the lower part of the hillside, so I wouldn’t have quite so much to cut and treat.
8/22/2018 Looking from the top, it looked pretty thick.
8/29/2018 The prairie after cutting sumac
9/12/2018 The hillside after I’d cut some of the brush
9/22/2018 Deer like the mowed and cleared places too.
9/28/2018 Nearly finished brush cutting
10/18/2018 Finished brush cutting on the hillside – clear all the way to the top