A Mighty Tree Falls

While my new Statler rests after a couple of days of use by an eager operator (me!), we scheduled a tree cutting day. The last of the mess on the NE corner of our front yard was finally coming down.

We closed on our home a year ago, April 7 and you can see this post of how the corner used to look. The African Tulip was the remaining v-e-r-y tall tree. We are guesstimating about 40 feet!

Again, for those of you who hate cutting down a tree, remember, this tree is growing next to our main water line…it is non-native, it litters the yard with blossoms and leaves CONSTANTLY, as in every day all year long, and super invasive…a perfect example of a trash tree…it has to go.

Here was how it looked the day the tree started to come down…well, at least how it looked about 20 minutes after the guys arrived! I was a bit distracted and didn’t get a photo before they started! They did not fool around!!

(You know it is quite handy to have a neighbor down the street who happens to work for the forestry service and has a tree cutting service on his days off!!)

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The cloudy skies only sprinkled a few raindrops and the guys kept at it…here the canopy is now down.

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Next, discussions on where to cut the trunk…

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The wedge is cut…

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…and then the trunk is marked from the opposite side. They have it tied so it will fall away from the power lines…good plan!

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And then with the final rip of the chain saw and a pull…

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…it lands exactly where they intended! Good job, guys!

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It’s hard to believe they got MOST of the tree in this small trailer! Well, I guess not really…the tree was mainly trunk and didn’t have that many branches! But still! They will haul away this load and come back for the remainder after lunch.

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Here’s a photo of the remaining stump for perspective. The tree was almost 3-1/2 feet in diameter! It’s roots are not only above the ground in our yard, but the neighbor’s yard and towards the easement in front of our hedge.

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So, before and after…

Mr. G has the last load of debris from the lot across the street ready to be removed! It is officially “cleared” and now just needs a weekly mow!

Yea, the new owners are definitely in need of a new fence! But, never mind that…look at the beautiful, clean vacant lot! It is no longer the eye-sore of the neighborhood.

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What a year, right?! Mr. G has worked very hard and his efforts are greatly appreciated by me, of course, but also the neighbors!

Now, to get to that rim in the back yard…stay tuned!

Aloha!

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