We arrived around brunch and drove right near the wooded area to park in the shade. It was the first time we took the 4 runner in which made things feel pretty real.
Last month we investigated this wooded area which led us to believe we could cut most of our fence posts right off the land.
Where to begin was difficult because the whole space is a mess.
Robert walked off an acre from the entrance and started clearing a path. Once that was done he began cutting down trees, known as post oak.
Some of these trees were 24 plus feet which allowed for 2 or 3 posts per. That new chainsaw worked like a champ and we were able to make some awesome progress.
For land prep we’re using available resources first as we want this place to be an example of a natural country homestead, not something that looked like we walked out of Tractor Supply.
I love that store but we want this place to look natural.
Robert cut down each tree then used a smaller branch for a measuring stick.
He stayed busy cutting down trees while I hauled off most of the tree branches and used our machete to continue clearing paths. It was Awesome!!
We haven’t worked this physical in a few years and it felt great.
When we spotted this monster tree we both looked at each other and said, “We can burn this out.” Moss was growing on some of the limbs which looked really neat but not something I want to keep around. It looks like a snake magnet.
Not far behind this area we also discovered a dry creek bed. I’m thinking at some point we can build a bridge.
After a couple hours we made some serious progress with 20 plus posts cut and a huge pile of brush; it was a good time for a lunch break.
Now that we have a small clearing it will make our next work outing go faster.
This is post oak; Robert cut them at 8 ft so they can go 2 or 3 ft. underground when the time comes. Some were pretty wide and those will be used for the corners and the smaller ones for the outside fencing.
This is a pretty thick area and it’s very possible it could provide the majority of our fence posts and perhaps a lot of additional firewood later on.
It’s pretty exciting to use available resources and improve the land at the same time.
This is the beginning stages of a Tiny House Community and it started with clearing and cutting fencing posts. Next time we’ll continue cutting posts, burn and clean up the land entrance. Looks like we have our work cut out for us.