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Discussion: laurel

in: Charlie; Charlie > 2018-05-20

May 21, 2018 2:37 PM # 
PBricker:
Does it just grow back? How long? You've been laurel wrangling for some time and I can't recall noticing major changes in the amount of laurel when running courses.
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May 21, 2018 4:30 PM # 
Charlie:
it grows back really slowly. I did a lot of it about 15 years ago, and then another little burst about 3 or 4 years ago, but not much otherwise except thinking about it. It grows back pretty slowly, and probably not much at all in shady spots. It's the kind of thing you wouldn't notice not being there if you weren't deeply familiar with what it was like when it was there. Coming here twice a year you might not notice at all, particularly if I only put a course through an area once it has been cleared.
May 21, 2018 5:40 PM # 
jjcote:
There's definitely a huge difference in one area I can think of compared to when the map was first made.
May 21, 2018 7:09 PM # 
Charlie:
If it's the area I'm thinking you mean, we improved it some this morning, mostly removing stuff that was piled up in the initial work. Much more satisfying to pulverize the detritus than to stack it up and wait for it to rot down.
May 21, 2018 9:39 PM # 
walk:
Save some of it for the winning wreaths at the bbq.
May 21, 2018 10:05 PM # 
Charlie:
That's a good idea. At the rate we are going, in another 30 years mountain laurel could be extinct here. But I wouldn't count on it.
May 21, 2018 11:10 PM # 
jjcote:
I meant the area that has the bridges with chicken wire on the decking. Nearly impassable back in the day.
May 22, 2018 10:03 AM # 
Charlie:
Oh, there’s that, too. That was quite a triumph of will. I had never been there before I started building that trail some 11 years ago, overcoming a vast tangle of powerful laurel, a substantial yellow jacket community, and some fairly negative family feedback.

The last came from Rhonda, who showed up periodically to tell me I was wasting my time and it would just grow back, and Zack, who told me more than once (in case I wasn’t paying attention) that it was the dumbest thing I ever made him do. On the other hand, I had the assistance of Brian, the neighbor’s kid, who may privately have thought it was the dumbest thing he ever had to do, but publicly was quite enthusiastic because he was getting paid.
May 22, 2018 12:38 PM # 
kadley:
You certainly have been abusing the CT state flower.
May 22, 2018 10:53 PM # 
Charlie:
No flowers yet, so mountain laurel is still in season.

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