Friday, May 10, 2013

The End of the Tumbleweed Tales

You asked how I got rid of the tumbleweeds:

On each side of the public road (dirt road) that you often see in my pictures, there are fields. The donkey rescue kept their cattle and senior donkeys in one, and that field has not grown in since they left. 

The other field is very large and we don't know who it belongs to. Two years ago, that field was covered in yellow mustard weeds, like those in the picture above, which are so pretty when they bloom, but then turn into the skinny tumble weeds I had to get rid of. 

I just raked the weeds, well, not just, it was quite a job, up the road a ways, to thin them out. Then I threw them back whence they came from. (I have had that word, WHENCE, on my mind for days, I'm happy I could find some use for it).

In other words, I put them back where they came from, but spread thin to better be disbursed by the wind. Because I spread them out, they have by now blown away.

I don't know where they went, but unfortunately, after taking a good look at that field, it's still covered in dry weeds, there are just patches where you can see the ground. And my hubby went down there again and cleared out some that had piled up against the gate just since I got back from town around two this afternoon. 

So we may have to deal with this for a while. We have never had this problem before, and it would be so great if the owner of that field could perhaps hire some of these:

I found these sheep on my way home today and had to stop and take their picture. 

 I heard on the news that people in Bakersfield are really mad because they have to pay thousands of dollars to clean up their tumbleweeds. They also feel that the owners of the fields where these weeds develop should be responsible for removing them before they start to blow and take over entire neighborhoods. I've never given this any thought before, but I see their point, and the fire hazard alone should be reason enough for owners to take responsibility.

Yes, I am tired, I took a nap after I came home from town today. didn't help much. And, Sandra, we don't really have yards here, we have, you know, large fields, BLM land, and other peoples hills and such. We only have one neighbor and that property has been empty and for sale since last September. Someone may have bought it, we are waiting with baited that what it's called. Looks kind of funny, baited breath..... I better stop because now I'm so tired, I'm starting to babble.


  1. well, i'm glad the winds disbursed some of your returned tumblers, but i'm afraid they may come back your way again.

  2. Thanks for answering the question of how you get rid of such things as tumbleweeds.

    Get some rest, that's a lot of area.

  3. I wonder where the tumbleweeds went too--It's a mystery, and I love mysteries! :-)

  4. I bet you are tired! That's a lot of work!
    I agree with the folks in Bakersfield that owners of lands with noxious weeds should be held to task to clean up the mess before it impacts others.

  5. Oh Inger I like "Whence they came" and "Baited breath" :)
    I am happy you got it cleaned up but that is terrible that you had to do it I can only imagine how tired you are. Rest now. Hug B

  6. A fire hazzard for sure. I'd want to get rid of them too.

  7. Morning. KL är 7 här o solen lyser fint.
    Fina bilder från din omgivning. Är det torrt redan så mycket? Hoppas ni får trevliga grannar. Var rädd om dig o jobba inte för hårt.
    Vi har inget internet just nu så jag är på min jobb lap top o skriver.
    Kram o trevlig helg!

  8. It sounds like that was quite a job, Inger. A job well done.

    I had no idea those pretty yellow flowers grew into those pesky tumbleweeds.

  9. Glad you were able to get rid of them. I just they do not come back anytime soon. :)

  10. Hi Inger .. I was wondering how the tumbleweeds dispersed - so thank you for enlightening us: yet a lot of work for you both.

    Interesting about the cost element of clearing up the Tumbleweeds - with the owners not taking responsibility ..

    I presume the tumbleweeds break up into much smaller pieces - but the seeds will remain around ...

    Cheers and I do hope you're feeling easier .. Hilary

  11. you are the only blogger i know besides ME that has used from whence it came and baited breath. I think you and i might read to much. i was waiting with baited breath to find out how you cleared your YARD LOL, and now i know. i hope they blow far away from your non yard and never return from whence they came.

  12. Now you have me wondering about the origin of baited breath. I'll try to remember to look it up.


  13. Whence is correct, but it's "bated" breath.

  14. I am hearing a lot about tumble weeds this week sounds like hard work cleaning up after them INger.

  15. Tumbleweeds....quite the phenomenon I am gathering, Inger. Can't imagine what it would be like to have them everywhere!
    I agree, the field owners ought to be responsible for the clean-up. Great photos here.

  16. Dear Inger, the field looks so bare now and I so hope that those tumbleweeds tumble elsewhere. The whole thing about being good neighbors--i.e., the owners of the fields taking care of this themselves--really speaks to me. Up in Stillwater, the neighbor on the corner had three large maple trees in his yards. He also had a rock retaining wall by the sidewalk. Every year he would rake the leaves over the wall and down onto the sidewalk. The wind would blow them down the street and they would cover the my yard and those of everyone on the block.

    Finally, one neighbor went to the police and said that with all the leaves on the public sidewalk, no one could walk there. And the police must have spoken to the man because the next year, he raked and bagged the leaves!!! Peace.


Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger


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