[To see stories and photos from other years, see the links on the main Wetland page.]
I did the usual Wild Parsnip control here this year – pulling most of it except at the far eastern end where Mike mowed. Every year it’s a little better. I changed my strategy in No Bridge Meadow. The western edge of it had very thick parsnip this year, so instead of trying to haul all of it across the creek, I made piles of pulled stalks, so at least the new seedlings will be concentrated in small areas. If I don’t want to pull them all, I can spray them.
Mike mowed around the old barn and the field below the old farmhouse although it doesn’t look like the prairie seeds I planted in that field are coming up – probably too much competition from weeds. I’m thinking I may have it sprayed in the fall.
6/5/2022 Golden Alexanders south of the creek, near Hwy 88
6/15/2022 Canada Anemone growing with sedges, goldenrod and Reed Canary Grass along Hwy 88
6/15/2022 Dot-tailed Whiteface – dragonfly
6/18/2022 Beavers make trails through the willows where they cut and drag their sticks to the creek.
7/1/2022 There are still plenty of places where there’s Wild Parsnip to pull.
7/8/2022 Hedge Bindweed
7/8/2022 Snowy Campion grows along the creek
7/8/2022 Mike’s parsnip mowing east of the old barn
7/16/2022 Sedge meadow below Pine Point
7/17/2022 Crown Vetch Meadow – south of the creek, west of the driveway. I’ve planted prairie here, but not much is coming up – probably too much competition from weeds. This may be another spraying opportunity.
7/17/2022 Michigan Lilies
8/1/2022 Joe Pye Weed west of the driveway
8/24/2022 Joe Pye Weed, Tall Sunflower and Swamp Thistle
8/24/2022 Tall Sunflower and Goldenrod
8/27/2022 This is the triangle between the two driveways – the old one, and our new one.
8/27/2022 Beaver pond just below our driveway culvert – so far it hasn’t caused any problems and we’re hopeful we can leave the dam here. The brown grass along the creek is dead Reed Canary Grass – I cut and treated it with glyphosate.
8/27/2022 Looking east from the old driveway
8/27/2022 West of the new driveway with Pine Point
9/3/2022 Showing the creek and Mike’s mowing for parsnip in the eastern part of the wetland
9/6/2022 Monarch on Joe Pye Weed
9/6/2022 Tall Sunflower and Joe Pye Weed
9/6/2022 Swamp Thistle
9/6/2022 Tall Sunflower, Goldenrod and Joe Pye Weed