|This is not what you want to see when you open the blinds and look out the window in the morning.|
...the more expensive they are to cut down.
When two big branches from our ~100-year old oak tree fell on our driveway, they revealed rotted wood and a cracked trunk.
The tree had to come down for safety's sake.
On a neighbor's suggestion, I turned to Mike Hite and his company, Creative Tree Service.
It took several days, a crew of about six guys (including couple of acrobatic tree-climbers who could have given Cirque du Soleil a run for its money) and some really big chainsaws and to de-tree the yard.
I was really impressed with the work of Mike and his employees. So I asked his permission to post a few photos and videos of his team at work:
|Is that really a safe place to stand?|
|Working their way up the tree. Naturally, they're starting with the lower branches and working their way up so that each branch they cut has a clear path to the ground.|
|Meanwhile, on the ground, lots of chainsaw work and heavy lifting.|
|The canopy is nearly gone now...|
|Watcha doin' today? Oh, just hanging out. In a tree. With a chainsaw on my hip. The usual.|
|Taking a breather...Must be a nice view from up there.|
|Time to bring in the stump grinder!|
|Check out that big hunk o' stump. Yep, it's hollow. Amazing that the outer ring of wood was able to hold up all that weight. Thank goodness!|
And now some videos of Arborists in Action!
After the tree was cut up and gone, we were left with just a sawdust-filled hole where the stump had been ground out.
But I found a landscaper who installed a new landscape bed and a number of new trees in the front yard - Maples, Redbuds and Eastern Red Cedars. (Stay tuned for photos of the new bed in an upcoming post...though I may wait until the trees start leafing out to publish photos.)
For the first time, I now feel like our home is really 'grounded' in the landscape rather than looming over an empty lawn.
But none of the new trees we've planted will grow as big as that oak (I hope)!
On the bright side, there were no acorns to rake this year.
But I am feeling bad for the squirrel who used to live in the oak and was forced to relocate...