Sunday, April 10, 2011


We really love our semi-wooded lot, but there were several trees that needed to be taken down.  One in the back was dead and would have fallen on our not so friendly neighbor's fence and pool, one was not unhealthy but was located where we want to eventually put a shed, and the final one in the front yard was leaning severely toward the house.

These are photos from our first visit to the house last fall.  The tree to the left of the walkway had several branches that need to be removed and the another tree to the left of the walkway and in the second level back (leaning to the left) was dead and needed to be removed.

This picture doesn't do it justice, but it's the only one I have.  The tree on the left side of the picture leaned in over the house and also needed to be removed.

We got a few estimates and the uniform theme was that tree removal (especially for our trees - 50-60' tall and 18-24" diameter) is very expensive, and all guys that cut down trees are certifiably crazy.  The guy that we hired even wore a shirt with his company logo and a line of trees on the front that said "Who cut one?".  Now I admit that on most days I would find this entertaining but it was not so funny for a guy that had tree limbs swinging like a pendulum in front of my office window.  Andy took off the day they were here, but to hear from my office a loud "heee-hawwww" followed by a swinging limb it was a little unnerving. 

 Bucket truck parked in our front yard overnight.

 They look a lot bigger on the ground.

 Stump removal time.  You can see that the bottom of the tree was rotten and completely hollow, so I'm glad we had it taken down when we did.

 These machines are ridiculous. Once he got the truck backed in it only took about 5 minutes to get rid of the stump.

 The remains.  Andy wanted to keep some of the wood, but we just had too much so this tree was listed on Craigslist and it was picked up yesterday.

 Only the stump remains of the tree behind the driveway.  It's too heavy to lift.

 Our new wood pile.  Andy has a lot of chopping to do!

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