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Coyotes, Bush Hogs and Fertilizer – Oh My!

Joined: 11/9/2011
Posts: 23
I’ve mentioned before that I live in the country on some acreage. We moved out here eight years ago, so I like to think that I’ve adapted to life away from the city. I’m used to flora and fauna using my land as a large condo complex. But I have to draw the line with Mr. Coyote.

Coyote Rules

I do have some rules for the squatters, especially the predator variety.

• You may hunt as long as you stay at least 50 yards from my house and I don’t witness your mealtimes. I’d prefer you do it at night.
• You may fly overhead, but not with a mouse in your beak or talons.

You get the idea: I’m trying for peaceful co-existence. Recently, however, Mr. Coyote was in my backyard at 9:00 a.m. Of course, country chick that I am, I went out on my deck in my p.js and yelled for him to scram. He did lope off a bit, but turned and just stared at me and that’s bold for an animal that is usually very shy. He’s been issued a warning citation.

Bush Hogs

Not to confuse you, but a bush hog is not an animal, it’s a piece of equipment used to remove brush and clear land. I like big machinery and would own one of these if I could justify it. I have just over an acre that I don’t mow and it’s starting to look like the perfect spot for someone to dump a rusty Pinto. So when my neighbor had a guy dig holes for his new pines with a Ditch-a-ma-bob (I want one of those, too!), I asked him if he had a bush hog and what he’d charge to clear my scrub area. So when you’re at the lawn and garden store deciding what kind of impatiens to plant this year, I’m out here negotiating to have my land cleared. You have it easy.

What’s that Lovely Scent?

April and May are the start of plowing/planting season out here. Part of that process is fertilizing. When we first moved here and smelled that wafting on the wind, we thought we’d unknowingly moved next to a giant pig farm. It turns out that chemical fertilizers smell even worse than pig “by-products.” By now, I’ve learned to close the windows during this time and am used to it. It’s part of the trade-off for enjoying the quiet and amazing views.

Score - Weeds: 10, Me: ½

All this plowing and activity around me inspired a trip to the shed for tools to start on some gardening and yard work. I was at it about an hour before becoming totally defeated. The weeds have more stamina than I and I’m woman enough to admit it. This is when I start to fantasize about relocating to a cute little Cape Cod in town with manageable window boxes. No large equipment required.
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Comment by warren

Joined: 6/22/2011
Posts: 293
Living in the suburbs, I'll have to pass on your brush, seasonal fresh air, and other outdoor joys. But I can relate to your country coyote. On two mid-morning occasions, we had a fox on our 2nd story rear deck.
Posted: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 3:17:10 PM
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