Thursday, February 7, 2008

Tree Removal

Here you see it...

Now you don't. They came and took away the fallen tree and cut down the tree that was leaning. Boy does it ever look different on this side of the garden. I feel so exposed. Now I can look out my patio doors and see the neighbors pool house, the neighbors houses beyond. UGH... We sort of felt like we were in a cocoon with our pine trees blocking these views. I was entertained as they took down the leaning tree. It is so tall and they couldn't bring in their bucket truck to take it down. So Jr had to climb the tree and they took it down limbs first. It really is a highly skilled job taking down a big ole tree like this so close to the house and tall enough that if it didn't fall just as the other one did it could crush everything in its path. They removed the top and then a couple of sections to make it shorter. Then down he came and the tree followed. When the big limbs came off the top the entire tree swayed. It scared me and I wasn't at the top. You can see by the picture below how devastating it would be for the limbs to come into contact with anything when it is coming down. They smashed right into the ground.
After they departed we got out and knocked a lot of the dirt off of the stump that is still sticking out of the ground. They want to wait until the ground freezes so they can get their truck in close enough to pull the beast out. It was nice that they were able to push the fence back upright. Now Luna won't be tempted to go out of the garden. She is such a good girl.

Here I was showing you the other day how I like the way the tree limbs made the paito feel enclosed. I couldn't even see the neighbors house. This was nice except for the fact I knew it would soon be gone.


Now it looks all naked. I am beginning to have visions now. I can't wait until I am able to start planting. :)




Better. Lots of work to do yet. While they were here we had them take a limb off the Locust tree out back. There will be lots more light in the back garden. I am looking forward to this...I think. It will be a little different working out there. It is usually shaded all afternoon. Now it won't be. This will be a big change. I am hoping I will think it for the better in July and August.

17 comments:

  1. Bye, Bye beautiful tree! So sad, but as you say, many more opportunities now for some sun-loving plants! It will be fun for you to plan and plant.

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  2. Well, there are certainly both good and bad things about having the trees gone, but I'll bet before long, the view will seem normal again, and who knows what you will be able to create come spring and summer. ;c)

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  3. Lisa, that was a huge tree and may have been too close to the house, don't you think? I like to believe most things happen for the best, what are your plans for the new area?

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  4. Sherry, I am still sad. I am gonna miss them terribly.

    Jayne, it feels so open in our garden now. I can't say that I like it..yet. I am sure I will get used to it.

    Gosh Frances, I have so many things whirling in my head. I want to plant some evergreens on that end of the patio. There are some really nice blue hued ones I have seen. I will have to find out what they are called. I will let you know when I get it all figured out. Just remember, I am slow.

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  5. Lisa, I have seen a beautiful hedge made of the long soft needle Christmas type trees. They were planted fairly close together, maybe 3' and had been topped at about 6'. I wish I'd taken a picture! I would think it would grow quickly and give you some privacy within a couple of years. Happy planning!

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  6. Lisa, I would miss the privacy from the patio too. Hopefully you'll come up with a plan that will rectify that. Maybe a white trellis with a climbing rose? So much you can do with your new space. Have fun.

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  7. When we had our ice storm in December There were several branches that fell into the ground. I counted one that must of went into the ground more than a foot.

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  8. A tree is gone, unfortunately, but in its place is a whole new gardening opportunity for you.

    Carol, May Dreams Gardens

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  9. You always have such interesting things on your Blog. And all enjoyable reading and viewing.

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  10. Dear Lisa,
    I too would be very sad.
    Losing a tree is hard. They did make quick work of removing it.
    Lots more sun for you! When I lost a huge old Ash tree I replanted with a fairly large tree so I would have some shade in my life time! I also bought a hat for summertime gardening.
    Sherry

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  11. Hi Lisa
    I had a bit of catching up to do with posts here at Greenbow :-}
    Your bird photos were gorgeous. Our garden is mostly sparrow filled with the exception of 1 Blue Jay we call Bert and 1 Red Cardinal we call Rosie. It's always exciting to find a "new visitor". We haven't had a crow in the yard for a long time either. That really was a large tree. Always sad when a tree comes down.

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  12. When we first moved into our home the backyard had one specific, huge tree that leaned at a dangerous angle toward the house. It was sad to take it down, but now I have a huge sunny garden where it was.

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  13. Hi Beckie, I don't plan to plant pines here because of the pine bark beetle. I didn't see signs of any in the trees they took down but I am afraid it would be only a matter of time before they would have succumbed to the dasterdly beetle. I just love pines too. They fill the air with their scent and the needles make great mulch.

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  14. I second Robin's idea of a trellis for temporary screening. I think I'd avoid planting anything fast growing, but would plant something great there, maybe a Beech hedge, or some columnar upright Junipers or Yews.

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  15. Wow! Such a big difference in your landscape, but ... lots of possibilities.

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  16. It is a pity for the tree and I would be sad about this removal too. But on the other hand it IS a big chance for you and your gardening plans and ideas. Wishing you good and a lot of inspirations!!

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  17. It's always sad to lose a tree but there are many possibilities for you to think about now. THAT was a huge tree! I enjoyed watching those skilled workers.

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