To Plant Or Not To Plant
Property line stake that is. Last weekend we planned to mark where our blackberries and marionberries permanent homes are going to be. However, when we tried to decide where to put the marionberries, which were to be near the property line, we couldn’t find the marker for the SW corner of our property. Try and dig as we might, we didn’t find a thing.
I remembered reading about a metal detector group in our state that had put on some event about a year ago, so I looked them up online and contacted the president of the organization. I asked if there were any members around where I lived that might be able to help us locate our markers.
He sent the request out to the club and I got two responses. I arranged for one of them to come out. This morning he arrived with all his paraphernalia. It was pretty impressive.
Finding The Markers
We started at one corner of the property, where we thought the marker that we’d found wasn’t the correct one. He had a dickens of a time because there were so many bleeps that he kept getting all kinds of false readings. We finally went to the back stake, which we knew almost exactly where it was and got our bearings. We finally dug up the post we’d originally found and decided it was the correct one, even though it looks like it’s in an entirely different place than our plat shows.
Then we moved on to the other front marker. This one eluded us even more. He’d get a hit and we’d dig and find a screw, a piece of wire, etc. He was such a nice person, and just kept locating and digging, again unearthing screws and bits of wire, and one possible old button, which he gave me as a souvenir. We dug about a dozen holes, when I suggested I go stand at the back marker on that side, which was above ground and easily found, so that they could get an idea of where to dig. I did that, and still we didn’t find it. However, while my husband was back working on a better way to mark the back corner, Pat, our metal detectorist, found the other marker. I think he just needed us to get out of the way, so he could do his work.
It was fun, even though it was wickedly chilly out this morning. He let me put on the headphones and play with his detector a little. I could see where people could really enjoy this as a hobby. It’s like a treasure hunt, even though I didn’t find anything interesting (one piece of wire and a rusty screw).
Now we know where the property line runs and we’ll be able to safely plant the marionberries right where I’d planned them. Oh, I also found out that the big patch of violets that my neighbor kept cutting down last year is on our property, so they’ll get to stay and bloom their little hearts out this year (if he didn’t kill them with all the cutting).
This Could Help You Out
If you ever need to locate your property markers, and you know they are metal, just contact you local club and see if someone would be willing to help you out. Of course if you need it for something legal you should probably hire a surveyor, but for our purposes Pat’s finds were just what we needed. Pat’s a great guy, retired marine, who worked with us for two hours to find the markers in our “treasure” filled property. It might be interesting to see if there’s anything of value under any of the multitude of bleeps I heard…