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    Default Re: At Home In The Woods

    Its still an organic and technically could attract termites, but i really have never seen termites in just pine straw. Im a forester here in the south and see a lot of it and deep in some places. The only termites i see in areas is if there is a stick there or big hunk or bark.

    The down side to straw is its pricy depending upon where you are and its lasts one year. Make sure you get long leaf pine straw (some call it long-needle) its more expensive, but has more of a russet color, lasts longer, not as brashy(is defined as breaks easy) as loblolly, and Longleaf holds its color way longer than loblolly that will literally turn grey in half the time. Much you can go every other year to apply it. My friend owns a landscape biz so i buy straw off her at wholesale as she has an 18wheeler parked at her place. I think then its still $3 or $3.50/bale.
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    Default Re: At Home In The Woods

    Pine needles catch fire way quicker than bark, although I personally like needles better...Tony

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    Default Re: At Home In The Woods

    Quote Originally Posted by clemsonfor View Post
    Its still an organic and technically could attract termites, but i really have never seen termites in just pine straw. Im a forester here in the south and see a lot of it and deep in some places. The only termites i see in areas is if there is a stick there or big hunk or bark.

    The down side to straw is its pricy depending upon where you are and its lasts one year. Make sure you get long leaf pine straw (some call it long-needle) its more expensive, but has more of a russet color, lasts longer, not as brashy(is defined as breaks easy) as loblolly, and Longleaf holds its color way longer than loblolly that will literally turn grey in half the time. Much you can go every other year to apply it. My friend owns a landscape biz so i buy straw off her at wholesale as she has an 18wheeler parked at her place. I think then its still $3 or $3.50/bale.
    At my last house in North Carolina, I found some pines along the roadside and just backed my pickup up and filled it with pine needles off the ground. It just took a few minutes to fill up the bed of the truck. I may keep my eyes open around here to see if I can do the same.
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    Default Re: At Home In The Woods

    On Saturday I went driving around pulling my small trailer looking for pallets for my firewood. After driving behind 3 strip malls without any success, I passed a pool supply store and saw some pallets behind the shop. I stopped and got permission to pick up their pallets. The pallets were in great condition. I picked up all of them but one broken one, 20 in all. That made me very happy.



    I unloaded the pallets up the hill from the house. You can make out the house in the background through the trees to the right of the pickup truck. I put 9 pallets on the ground. I plan to make a round cylindrical firewood stack like has been done in Europe for centuries. The pallets will keep the wood off of the ground.

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    Default Re: At Home In The Woods

    Depending upon where you were in NC it may have been Longleaf. In my opinion, if i had to rake it up (not from a pile on the road) i would not waste my time on loblolly, its that inferrior. Longleaf, if i had access to easily rakeable clean straw i would do it, it dose not take that long.
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    Obed,

    If you have any brick left over put them on there side and put them under the corners of the pallets. They will last longer.

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    Default Re: At Home In The Woods

    We've been struggling to get the yard mowed due to lawnmower issues and rain. We have been getting afternoon showers everyday. It's like living in Hawaii.

    The fescue grass was tall enough to make hay. I had to make two swipes with the mower to cut it. It was so tall, much of the grass got pushed over instead getting cut so I had to make a second pass in the opposite direction.

    The steep part in the back yard was a challenge. I can mow it by going straight up the hill and back down. It is too steep to drive the mower sideways to the hill.

    I found a nest of wild turkey eggs in the back yard! I just happened to mow over them without breaking any.



    After cutting the grass in the yard, I then went over it again to blow the loose grass away from the house and into the woods. I mowed the last 10 minutes in the rain as we got another shower. I still need to trim the tall grass I couldn't get to with the riding mower.
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    Default Re: At Home In The Woods

    looks like you need a rear finishing mower or bush hog soon.

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    Default Re: At Home In The Woods

    Just wanted to say I'm enjoying the 'homesteading' aspect of this thread as much as the actual home building. Keep up the good work and keep the pics coming.
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    Default Re: At Home In The Woods

    Newly seeded lawns are always like that. You don't want to mow too soon, so it gets hay-like. No biggie. Now that you knoced it down, you can start keeping on it more like a normal lawn. Just don't mow it real short. Leave it longer, especially for the first year. It pays to run lawns long even after that, but you can be a bit more reasonable.

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