Well it’s done. The dreaded deed of removing four beautiful old trees from our property that were threatening our house during storms is over.
Not really something you want to see in your backyard….
I loved those trees. I’m more of a cabin-in-the-woods kind of gal than a toes-in-the-sand beach person, so these huge trees were things of beauty to me.
They brought wonderful songbirds right up to my back windows.
They gave us a lot of shade to cool the house and sit under during the summer.
They dropped vibrant yellow leaves in the fall that floated to the ground like lightweight snowflakes.
They formed a gorgeous white canopy during snowfalls.
But over the past few years, I noticed peeling bark and more bare branches appearing. The arborist said their type only lives for a certain number of decades, then they start dying and pose a real threat to anything around them. So it was time.
But it still wasn’t easy. Although there was a certain amount of entertainment in the process….
Look at this crazy guy! He stretched himself out into a full inverted cross shape while being pulled to the top of the tree!
Daisy, however, had a field day with all the activity out there. Though I must say, she wasn’t half as noisy as she used to be just a year ago! She was actually a very good girl.
Oh, she was curious….
What’s going on out there? Who are all those men? And what are all those noisy metal monsters doing in my backyard??
But she got used to the noise pretty quickly and only barked, bfff’d, and growled occasionally. I think keeping the back blinds closed helped because she couldn’t see all the constant movement.
So now the front half of our yard is wide open. No more birdies chirping by the house, but the trade-off is that during a harsh rain/wind storm yesterday, I had no reason to fear anymore. 🙂 But it did come at a dear cost. At least the back half still has some nice trees, and I’m hanging on to them as long as possible.