Spring Projects on the Farm
Spring time at the farm brings a whole to-do list of projects to get the property ready for a new season. While our family doesn't grow crops, we do conservation work and have rows and rows of trees and prairies that dot the land. Kyle here, sharing another post about life in the country.
With the change of seasons in WIsconsin, things become all hands on deck. My brothers and I all lend a hand to maintain the property. One project we take on early each Spring is controlled burning of prairie grasses. Lauren was pretty surprised the first time she heard about this. I don't blame her, usually you wouldn't associate fires with something positive for the land!
For those not familiar with controlled burns, they are performed to improve wildlife habitat, control invasive plant species, restore and maintain native plant communities and reduce wildfire potential (via WI DNR). As long as I can remember, prepping our prairies for another season has always been a part of our spring land prep.
The chilly morning was the perfect opportunity to try out some new gear from the awesome team at Duluth Trading Co. When it comes to working out at the farm it's crucial to find clothes that have quality to stand the test of time, can hold up to the wear & tear of working with machinery or power tools, and are comfortable during a long day of work.
For our controlled burning project, I wore the Free Swinging Flannel Shirt (in Trim Fit) which has a nice hefty weight but soft flannel fabric. The coolest part are the armpit gussets designed to make swinging an axe (or in our case, a water hose) easier with better range of motion. I also layered it with a Short Sleeve Longtail T (also in Trim Fit) which is designed with an extra 3" of length.
While doing a controlled burn we keep multiple water tanks and special tools on hand to ensure that the area stays within the dedicated boundaries. Each controlled burn is thoroughly planned out with consideration for such factors as wind speeds and dew point levels. We plan to do this on days without large winds to maintain control of the fire area. In a few weeks, out of the ashes will spring up new prairie grasses and flowers.
We hope you enjoyed this little peek of country living and life at the farm. We're excited to share some of our latest plans for our farmhouse project with you soon. A special thanks to Duluth for letting me try out these new pieces.
Read more about life on the farm in Kyle's other post, "The First Wood Pile".