Dragging brush entails cutting the chunks into a size I can handle without blowing out my back. Thirty to fifty pounds is a decent size. Trimming off the twigs and the bushy-brush leaving the chunks.
I will knock the snot out of the older stem on the left and I will guide the stem on the right away from the older stem by pruning it to bias it to the right. That will diminish the competition between the two stems and the newer stem will be harvesting "incremental" light.
I took a few breaks.
There is hazelnut growing in the windbreak around the orchard. It is blooming. This is a "girl" flower and will turn into a cluster of nuts if pollinated.
|You can click to embiggen. It amazes me how soft and fine the hairs (anthers) are on these pussy willows.|
|No pollen is visible yet. But soon....|
Beekeepers like male willows that bloom early. Willow pollen is sticky enough for bees to collect it, unlike the pollen of Red and Silver Maple and aspen. Those species are wind pollinated and it is a chore for bees to collect the pollen. Early blooming plants are useful for building up bee hive populations just ahead of the big spring push. It takes about 30 days from packing the cell with food to a worker bee on-the-wing. Apple trees generally start blossoming here the second week of May.
If all goes well, I will be dragging brush again today.