I've been noticing and worrying about the way this weeping birch was leaning for years now, so Dayle called a tree company and they gave us a bid that was 1/3 what we expected... so they showed up yesterday and got to work. This is the BEFORE photo.
There were 5 guys bustling about moving potted plants and clearing the way for the job. One guy climbed up the tree with a running chainsaw.. and would tie a rope to a limb, then cut it, then drop the chainsaw, still running.. on a rope, then swing the limb down while the other guys caught it and fed it into a running chipper! The gutter on the garden shed took a hit..
Look at this guy literally "out on a limb"!
Can you see how the tree is leaning? See the guy climbing up?
When I see these photos and how much the tree is leaning, I am so glad we had it taken down before the East Winds begin to blow. If it blew down, it would have crushed the shed and possibly the deck and our house.
This tree was literally in the middle of everything.
Limb by limb...
See him out on the limb on the left.. wow.
Almost done with the limbs.. then he began cutting the tree down in 3 foot sections and tossing them down for the guys to pick up and load in their trucks.
After! More sky, more light, less scary leaning tree!
The pond area is so much more open now! We are going to call the pond company to get a bid for them to enlarge the pond and make it deeper - the fish have a better chance of survival if the pond is deeper - the blue heron and the raccoons will have a harder time eating them if they have deeper hide-y holes.
Dayle made another of his specialties last night for dinner - Sweet & Sour Meatballs! It was so good!
He serves it over a bed of rice.. and sorry I didn't get a photo of my plate all pretty and ready to eat.. but I ate it before I remembered! :-)
The boys liked it! You can see Dayle liked it as his plate is scraped clean. :-)
The sun was peeking through this morning and we are getting a lot more light in the house now. The guys are back this morning grinding the stump up. I'm about to head out to meet my friend Shirley for lunch before we volunteer at Multnomah Falls this afternoon. For new readers or those who missed it, our son and his wife and our 2 grandsons, 4 & 5, are living with us now, for a month so far. His job (which he still has) cut and cut their wages and hours and medical and retirement to the point that they could not keep their home. We're enjoying getting to spend more time with them all, and especially our little grandsons. OK, off I go. Do you have any big weekend plans?
((hugs)), Teresa :-)