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post #106 of 114 Old 06-22-2019, 01:07 PM
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Cleaning up all the debris from the last flooding of the sod waterway.

in this case corn stalks but at least I didn't have to do it by hand. afterwards I got to enjoy the yard
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Cleaning up all the debris from the last flooding of the sod waterway.

in this case corn stalks but at least I didn't have to do it by hand. afterwards I got to enjoy the yard
aahhh, There's nothing like a cold one in the shade...

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Where I live, mowing in August is not fun for me for several reasons. One thing, I'm already getting a little tired of mowing for the year, the dew is usually bad in August, mornings and late in the afternoons, and the heat and humidity is up all day long. And then there's these little bitty flying insects that rise up off the ground, thousands of them. I've never actually captured one to see what it is. I just know that they are really bad in August, because of how many there are, and all over the yard, at that. It also seems to me that the grass is tougher later on in the year.
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Where I live, mowing in August is not fun for me for several reasons. One thing, I'm already getting a little tired of mowing for the year, the dew is usually bad in August, mornings and late in the afternoons, and the heat and humidity is up all day long. And then there's these little bitty flying insects that rise up off the ground, thousands of them. I've never actually captured one to see what it is. I just know that they are really bad in August, because of how many there are, and all over the yard, at that. It also seems to me that the grass is tougher later on in the year.
At one place where I lived, there was this HUGE abandoned barn across the street, this was home to several hundred Barn Swallows. They would recognize the sound of my tractor starting up, and come and keep my company while I mowed. (stirs up a LOT of tasty bugs I guess.) My wife would marvel at the sheer number of them, and the fact that I would disappear in a cloud of them as I mowed. It was unnerving at first, as they would circle the tractor, and get VERY close...... But, I came to the conclusion that they knew what they were doing, and just got used to it. I never really had a mosquito problem there.
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Dandelions........although this year, they didn't seem to last as long as usual.
I'm having a clover year, this year. I too dislike it when dandelions are thick, but mine are not numerous this year either.
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At one place where I lived, there was this HUGE abandoned barn across the street, this was home to several hundred Barn Swallows. They would recognize the sound of my tractor starting up, and come and keep my company while I mowed. (stirs up a LOT of tasty bugs I guess.) My wife would marvel at the sheer number of them, and the fact that I would disappear in a cloud of them as I mowed. It was unnerving at first, as they would circle the tractor, and get VERY close...... But, I came to the conclusion that they knew what they were doing, and just got used to it. I never really had a mosquito problem there.
I have quite a few Barn Swallows here too. In fact, they build a nest in my lean-to out back every year. Some years there will be a particularly aggressive one that will buzz me and chirp whenever they have babies in the nest. Other than that, they work the yard over after I mow, along with the Robins and various other bird. It's bird-city here directly after I mow. We have so many mosquitoes here that no amount of swallows or anything else can control them. I keep an outdoor fan pointed at my door for several months a year so it will blow the mosquitoes away from it.
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At one place where I lived, there was this HUGE abandoned barn across the street, this was home to several hundred Barn Swallows. They would recognize the sound of my tractor starting up, and come and keep my company while I mowed. (stirs up a LOT of tasty bugs I guess.) My wife would marvel at the sheer number of them, and the fact that I would disappear in a cloud of them as I mowed. It was unnerving at first, as they would circle the tractor, and get VERY close...... But, I came to the conclusion that they knew what they were doing, and just got used to it. I never really had a mosquito problem there.
One my mail route, many years ago, the swallows had built a nest near the front door of a house. They wouldn't let me within two houses of their nest! That's five families that didn't get mail for a couple weeks. They'd be IN YOUR FACE.

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At one place where I lived, there was this HUGE abandoned barn across the street, this was home to several hundred Barn Swallows. They would recognize the sound of my tractor starting up, and come and keep my company while I mowed. (stirs up a LOT of tasty bugs I guess.) My wife would marvel at the sheer number of them, and the fact that I would disappear in a cloud of them as I mowed. It was unnerving at first, as they would circle the tractor, and get VERY close...... But, I came to the conclusion that they knew what they were doing, and just got used to it. I never really had a mosquito problem there.
The guy across the lake from me has a bunch of Martin houses. There are always 3 or 4 of them dive-bombing for the bugs I stir up. They will also hit the surface of the lake most evenings. I was surprised the first time I saw them doing it.

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