The wife brought me a tree knife from you know where the other week. It was less than 6 Euro and it folds in half. The blades got jagged saw like teeth and looked just the ticket for one of pernicious weeds projects.
My new tree saw knife.
I spent a morning and more cutting rogue Furze,Gorse or Whin vegetation down in a field. No-one else volunteered to help but the ponies and donkeys do browse graze the flowers sometimes.
I wore work gloves and still suffered some prickly spikes stuck in my gloves and a few bloody scratches on my hands.
Some people would get some kind of paste or weedkiller to spray or paint on the stumps. But I will come back another year and cut them back. The Gorse wood can be made into cutlery handles.
Gorse or Furze was grown for firewood and sold in bundles in Galway. It's also got medicinal uses and it's called the "Pioneer" plant in New Zealand.
It's also taken over vast areas in parts of North America. Pioneer Europeans took Gorse seeds there and they thought they were spreading a little bit of "ould Ireland 🇮🇪.
I like the flowers and like the Dandelions they provide much needed nectar for the bees and other beneficial insects early in the year.
There's an old country saying:
" When Gorse is out of blossom, kissing out of fashion".
It begins flowering in February to May. It's flowers smell like coconut or sun tan cream.
It's beautiful but can be a nuisance! The wife said I made a fantastic job. I did something right for once. Must ✍️ it the diary.
What pernicious weeds trouble you?