Labor Day weekend and the epiphany: There is a reason for ecosystems. Not that the realization was the epiphany, but that being raised in the ecosystem of dry west Texas leaves one ill-prepared for moving to Mississippi and the ever-present reality of kudzu.
Kudzu was introduced into the U. S. at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition. From 1935 to the mid-1950s, farmers in the South were encouraged to plant kudzu to reduce soil erosion…To successfully control kudzu, its extensive root system must be completely eradicated by cutting vines just above the ground and mowing every month for two growing seasons–all cut material must be destroyed. (The Nature Conservancy)
Since the kudzu grows up the side of the hill and then leaps over to trees, fence, and anything else in its path, and we do not have the equipment to mow a steep hillside, we are considerably disadvantaged here.
For the last two days, and the rest of today, I have been cutting vines, pulling out roots, dragging it off trees and fences, and late yesterday afternoon whilst taking a break, I said to Rand: “I think we should go back to Texas. It was hot and dry, but you never had to deal with kudzu.”
There is a reason you do not find magnolia trees in west Texas and there is a reason you do not find mesquite trees in Mississippi. What works in one ecosystem can be toxic in another. Reminds me of the time I heard a pastor say, “You cannot move to the desert and then pray for rain.” I wonder how many of the problems we deal with on a daily basis are human-created. Unintended consequences.