Last year I cleared a vine infested quarter acre of my property in anticipation of refencing. Due to the eventful year whose name shall not be spoken, I just got around to having an excavator clear stumps on the new fence line and take out the blackberry roots. I felt good about finally moving forward until I realized the excavator had raked up reams and reams of half buried fence wire. It’s everywhere: the burn pile, the clean compost pile, mixed in with yards and yards of mounded up debris. It’s so rusted if you pick up a coil it disintegrates. I’m guessing the previous owners just lobbed all their unused wire into the wild hazelnuts and it was completely buried around the stumps. I won’t get into my opinion of that practice but if there is a word for half defeated, half furious that is pretty much my current mood. The only positive is it’s all contained away from my current pasture.
I can sift the burn pile ash since the wire will be on top of the soil and I can have all the debris piles hauled off the property along with my beautiful compost but I have no idea how to make the newly cleared area safe. Sweeping with a magnet is a start but that will only pick up surface debris. I have a metal detector that will detect a few inches down but it’s not very sensitive. What do I do COTH, remove soil, add soil, till, rake, go over every square inch with a fine tooth comb or give up and leave it fenced off? If I can’t integrate it into my pasture it will be a shame since it’s a really very pretty and usable spot but I will find something to do with it.