Sunday, March 27, 2011
What happened this winter?
While I was wandering around the park at the Heathcote river, I saw this small apple tree. At least 18 inches of bark completely stripped away.
Immediately at its base I saw these pathways dug into the
soil - mole and vole tunnels. These little critters have even managed
to chew away the base of the dogwood branch (the red stick on
the left of the picture) a bush they don't normally like. They have created tunnels everywhere.
I've lost a few small red pines, a large 10 foot red pine, some wild apple and ash along the windrow, and who knows what in my gardens. The little creatures have left behind evidence of a very busy winter.
It's also evidence of the inability of hawks and coyotes as well as feral cats and fox to dig through the snow and catch them.
I haven't heard coyotes howling around here in a while. I suspect the guns I heard last weekend, cleaned out at least one pack. Sad for us to be destroying nature's attempts at retaining balance. Some people just can't abide nature's ways and must impose some of their own.
However grass will eventually cover over the muddy tunnels, coyotes will move into the area that's been stripped of others of their kind. And nature will roll over, eventually, most of the control attempts. An ongoing battle.
My solution has been to plant more than I need and try to live with nature rather than fight it, as much as I can that is.
So far so good. And today it's cold and sunny, a good day to tidy up some of the dead and dried up foliage from last year and make plans for spring planting and fall harvest. Always fun to think ahead.
Hope you are enjoying a delightful Sunday wherever you are.