Spring Rain Repairs


Of Mice and Mountain MenSpringtime in the Great Smoky Mountains means … rain. Lots of rain. Some years it rains a little almost every day from mid-February through March, other years it comes in periodic deluges. A deluge that comes after a long period of daily rain is the worst: The ground is saturated and soft and a hard rain will wash much of it away.

This causes much damage in areas that have been settled and heavily adapted for human use. Anywhere we remove the natural armor of fallen leaves and cut into the soil we open scars that will allow heavy rains to move that soil around.

I made the little video below as an example of the kind of repair work we do on a regular basis in mountainous areas. I hope you enjoy it.

On especially bad years, the demand for gravel, dump trucks and excavators goes way up, and we need to get on the list well ahead of time – or limp along until the rush settles down and get the work done in early summer. That is what we did the year this was recorded: We don’t normally have so much green grass in March.

This year a good part of our spring precipitation was delivered as snow, which is far less damaging, so we will have only minor repair work to do to drainage ditches and driveways. I do have some balds to fill in and seed, but that must wait until warmer weather. In fact a lot of things are having to wait until warmer weather this year. I do believe something is broken in the weather machine:

Live The Good Life with GRIT!

Grit JulAug 2016At GRIT, we have a tradition of respecting the land that sustains rural America. That's why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing to GRIT through our automatic renewal savings plan. By paying now with a credit card, you save an additional $6 and get 6 issues of GRIT for only $16.95 (USA only).

Or, Bill Me Later and send me one year of GRIT for just $22.95!

Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter

Free Product Information Classifieds Newsletters