This seemed to be their intention on the slope beyond our pond, where the field meets the woods. The cedars that had sprouted up there a few years ago had quickly formed this grove, and by all appearances, were planning to take over the world. Whoops! Should have been paying more attention. Cedars are sneaky. It was time to tackle the issue before they conquered our pasture (and the universe as a whole). Since Christmas is not far away, we decided we would attempt to stop the invasion by choosing one of the best specimens as our Christmas tree.
On second thought, go ahead and go crazy. It's Christmas. And you're a kid...with a machete in hand. Okay, let's go back to focusing. It's safer.
I think we'll add tree identification to our lessons this week. It's good to know what you're looking for.
Now we need to figure out how to cut it. Hacking it down with the machete would be fun, but the prickly branches on this one go completely to the ground. That means we probably should use the chainsaw to get in close and quickly cut the trunk.
But he's okay.
It's recycling and repurposing at its best, and I think it's a wonderful way to enjoy "the most wonderful time of the year".
And if by our efforts we just happened to save our property, the world, and you from a highly organized, covert cedar invasion, so be it. Let there be peace on earth.