Red cedar and poison ivy

Red cedar (Juniperus virginiana) is one of the most common trees on our property.  This is most likely due to a combination of factors:  our soils are not as acidic as other soils in the area, which favors the cedar AND all the old fencerows were left untended for years so any cedar berries deposited by birds perched on the fences turned quickly into cedar trees.

I’m currently on a mission to rid the cedar trees in our fields of poison ivy.  But as you can see from the photo, some of them are still covered in the vines.  And I’m very allergic.  Here’s hoping my efforts this past year to reduce poison ivy through mechanical means will yield results in the new year!

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