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Archive for May, 2010

Since taking down those large trees (and I still haven’t managed to move some of the larger wedges of wood out of my yard), I have been taking smaller equipment – hand saws and extension saws to trees.

I cut down the redbud I planted just outside my bedroom window 8 years ago.  It has gotten so big it is encroaching on the evergreen bush and is resting on my roof.  Not good for the roof or keeping pests at bay.  Low hanging limbs and those branches that aren’t facing skyward are also getting he ax (or the saw) and already I have noticed increased sun to my veggie garden.

I am trying to be careful not to add too much sun to the windows in the house, and so I am being very careful and selective in my cuttings.  The reason I love all the trees on the South side of my house is that during the summer it acts as a natural shade and keeps my house cooler.  During the winter, when the leaves are off the tree, the sun shines in the windows and helps to heat the house.

When I moved here the patio was full shade.  Now it is full sun.  I guess I will eventually need to buy a patio table with a big umbrella.  I guess there are worse things to have to worry about.

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Trees Down

Several large trees were cut down yesterday.  What a relief!  They were potential hazards to my house and garage.  There is still much clean-up to do and wood to be moved either to the wood racks or someplace out of the way to be cut for firewood next time I get my hands on a chainsaw.

Tree #1

Before

After (the stump with the plants on it)

Believe it or not, only one tomato plan was harmed when this fell.  The raised bed itself looks like it will require a bit of fixing.  I hauled quite a bit of wood, and am now even using a “chunk” as a table (see photo above bottom right.)

The one downside of taking down one of the large trees is that it was where my laundry line was attached.  Wet clothes in the washer and no where to hang them…

Tree #2

Before

After – the great leaning tree is gone!

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