I've been gathering all these branches and twigs and all of that sort of thing over the last few weeks into a gigantic wood pile that has been waiting for a bit of a shredding. Lots of the pruning stuff went here as well... and it has been just sitting there drying out in the sun, waiting for me to find some time to feed it through the shredder.
I did finally get some time the other week... just a day off between projects, and I figured that I may as well make a start on this eyesore!
It is crazily slow work getting it through this home shredder... the last time I had a huge pile, the tree guys were dropping by and they just fed the entire pile into their huge machine... and that took about 15 minutes. With this little thing, it took about 3 hours to only get through about three quarters of the pile (there was more than what was photographed...), and then there were also many sections of dropped branches and pruned sections that were just too thick and strong for the machine to handle. So, lots of sawing to remove those bits... and add those to the green waste pile!
Meanwhile, we have some really nice bottlebrush blooms happening around the garden again. This one attracts a good deal of bees and birds... and it is nice to see that it growing healthily after it was suffering a bit the year before.
Meanwhile, I do have to get around to spraying some pests with white oil... and squashing some of the cocoons that I see on a nearby bush. These little eggs look a lot like polystyrene and when you squash them they explode in a mess of red... At the moment, they are confined to a single bush and I should really get on top of it before they spread.
I had sprayed them with white oil, which should help suffocate and starve them... but I think I will just physically squash as many as possible to be sure that they are dead. I will be back home again tomorrow, and it should only take me an hour at most...
Meanwhile, uprooting some of the really hardy grass in the front corner. This is an area that is also suffering from passionfruit vines, and this hardy grass sends long tendrils dead under the soil and pops up within the mulched area. Getting it out involves tracing the roots to make sure that it doesn't reappear in the next month again.
Something that is much nicer to do... repotting the strawberry plants into coconut meshed hanging pots. I just need to keep remembering to water them... the sun is good, but really quite strong and they do suffer a bit when they get dried out!
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