Spring Damage Control at the Farm

| 4/22/2014 9:26:00 AM

I was at the farm yesterday to do early spring cleanup and begin the process of sorting out needed work. It has been a late spring, but yesterday was in the mid-70s and the wind was low so it was near ideal.

I had a fire there two years ago, and we have also had a major drought, so many of my trees and garden standouts have suffered. When we live in a climate like this, we certainly put that “drought-tolerant” test into practice. I am amazed by what I lost, and by what we didn’t lose.

Horizon of field

If I thought a tree was lost from fire damage, I have already removed it, but I have several that were left standing to see if they face the challenges. The initial damage from fire blistered the trees and the bark fell off. I imagine the sap inside was boiling as well. But we have all seen trees live with half the bark gone.

This winter I lost one tree from drought, one from deer damage and one from damage from the fire. Not a good winter for sure. Growing domestics on the Kansas plains has its challenges in best of circumstances.

Here is what I find doing the worst with the drought: asparagus, lilacs, ornamental blooming trees, cottonwood, ornamental evergreens, and small decorative trees such as redbud. I may not be able to save any of these.