Skip to comments.Winds Cover House With Tumbleweeds
Posted on 02/28/2013 10:34:51 AM PST by nickcarraway
A Texas man said one of the more unusual consequences of this week's windstorms was his house being covered in tumbleweeds.
Josh Pitman of Midland said Monday's winds caused the tumbleweeds to first gather on the left side of his home and they soon spread to his roof and wrapped around the house, KBMT-TV, Beaumont, reported Tuesday.
"I didn't even know this many tumbleweeds existed," Pitman said.
Pitman said he spent most of an afternoon clearing the tumbleweeds from one side of his house and putting them in a ditch behind his home.
"I called the fire department and they said that since it was on my yard, it was considered yard waste and that I had to take care of it, they or the city wouldn't be able to do anything. So I figured, I got to do what I got to do," Pitman said.
Pitman said he expects the cleanup to take until the end of the week.
Too bad it’s Tumbleweeds though.
Put them downwind and send them on their way.
“I called the fire department and they said that since it was on my yard, it was considered yard waste “
In other words, they couldn’t be bothered.
Nice of them.
You’d think a fire hazard would be intheir interests because after all, a house fire is on your property too when they respond...
Unfortunately, they are not tumbleweeds. They are Tribbles.
wow! I think I saw a Twilight Zone (maybe Outer Limitss) about this very thing.
Been there done that with some huge tumbleweeds. I even felt a little guilty but if I pulled them with a rake out the center of the street they would roll down the street a long ways into the construction area
Darks shrugs it off, pretending to have nothing to do with this......
What would be better?
Capturing them and destroying them is just wrong. They sequester CO2 after all.
By putting them into a ditch behind his house, isn’t he just creating a rattlesnake haven?
One Christmas when I was little, my Mom wired 3 together and sprayed frocking on them for our Christmas tree.No lights...too scared of a fire...it was a lean year for us.
“a rattlesnake haven?”
Yeah, and he’s probably not allowed to burn them. I’d get a big wood chipper, and a couple of “immigrants” And reduce the weeds to mulch.
Im with ya on that one. One year Ma sprayed a tumbleweed green and hung little gold ornaments on it. And you know, that will always be my favorite Christmas tree.
Pretty common here in New Mexico. Woke up the other day to a couple dozen covering my fairly small backyard. Tossed them over my back wall so they could be wild and free again. Thorns just tore up my hands (through the gloves) and arms.
Russian thistles”: http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/WEEDS/russian_thistle.html
LUV W posted something on the Canteen thread about this http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2991185/posts?page=49#49
You expect the fire department to do yard work? How much should they charge?
They were also piled up against the overpass railing on my drive to work today, too. Wish I could have gotten a picture, bbut I would have been run over by the drivers in a big hurry to get to work! LOL!
Are tumbleweeds combustible?
Maybe we need a federal program to process them into power plant fuel....
I’m sure with a couple hundred million dollars in loans somebody could work it out.
Save on Crafts carries wired LED “drop” type lights called “Fairy Lights” that don’t produce heat & work great. A little tricky to thread them though. (These things would be great perimeter control if it’s too cool for Bougainvillea. They’re vicious. Nature’s razor wire.)
Wish I’d seen this 3 months ago.
A friend said she spray painted some stacked up ones for a funky Christmas tree, but the stickers nearly ate her hands up when she was working with them. Not sure I'd put lights on them...you might have that combustion up close and personal!
Not hers....but you get the drift (get it? drift? LOL! *ahem*)
Nothing new. We had tumbleweed problems every spring when we lived in SE New Mexico.
The local radio stations would often broadcast which streets were closed due to tumbleweed blockages.
Blame the Russians! Tumbleweed seeds came to the US in flax seed imported by Russian immigrants.
HAHAHAA, you guys are TOO FUNNY! LMAO!
No more booms today....Oh, I forgot to mention, BO turned our electricity off for 1.5 hours yesterday too. No storms, nothing, but no power. I personally think it’s because we live in the Christian conservative gun-toting part of town.../luv, your conspiracy-minded friend
I still think the tumbleweed energy program makes as much sense as these other federal boondoggles.
You just need a prominent Democrat to be the beneficiary of most of the $400 million dollar loans and you’re on the way....
Mine’s covered with ice (high winds, spraying ice). ;-)
No, I don’t get it. Completely at a loss.
Guess I should check it out....I need a boondoggle or two, just to make things interesting! :)
How does one spray frocking?
Cellulose based ethanol! Oh right... that’s not commercially available yet.
What a cool mom. : )
Hopping hay rolls.
Nobody holds bonfires for *cough* training anymore?
Nope. Shredded wheat filled with Mexican jumping beans. :)