Late last week we finally did the inevitable: had a bunch of trees cut down. I was a bit sad to lose the two Box Elders, because they were super craggy and Grimm-esque, but they were both rotten and it had to be done. We also had a sad, sickly Spruce and a previously-damaged and now bug-infested Maple that had to go. I hate to get rid of such old, established trees, but when people and property are in potentially in danger, I have to admit that it’s for the best.
Here you can see the canopies of the Box Elder on the left and the Maple on the right. I apparently neglected to take any really good wide shots from across the street that capture both of these big trees.
Pretty quickly (less than 30 minutes), all that was left was the trunk:
Then they started in on the Box Elder out front:
This one took a lot longer. The growth habit of the Box Elder is a lot more branchy, it seems, and this tree was also WAY larger than the Maple.
They did a nice job of tackling a little at a time and avoiding the power lines. And then it was completely down:
It left a very large stump:
Some of the pieces of trunk were just gigantic! I could imagine someone making a table out of one of these if there hadn’t been so much rot and insect damage. Here’s K for scale:
After that, they moved to the Box Elder back by the garage:
This one was not quite as extensive as the first in terms of branches, but it had more contact with the power lines and was very close to the garage in some places. Pretty soon it was mostly down:
We knew that some of the large limbs were rotten, but we had no idea that it was THIS hollow inside:
YIPES! I am so glad that it didn’t fall down on the garage before we could get rid of it. I feel like we really dodged a bullet!
After that tree was done, the Spruce was nothing in comparison. They made a couple of quick cuts, threw a rope around it, and yanked the whole thing down in one:
The crew chipped everything they could that day, and then returned the following two days to grind the stumps and haul away all the very large pieces. I feel like getting the project mostly done in one day is really impressive, and the crew worked really hard. We were quite pleased with their work!
It is going to take us awhile to get used to how much sun there is everywhere now! The large pine that was next to the Box Elder out front is now visibly uneven – it’s more robust on the alley side and pretty scrawny on the side that was shaded and touching the Box Elder. Hopefully given some time it will recover:
We are going to seed the areas where the stumps were ground, just to keep weeds at bay until I’m ready for garden planting. I am still working on the master garden plan and now I can move forward knowing better where the sun/shade will be. Hooray, though, as the trees are one more major project down!