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More things... [Nov. 16th, 2015|09:58 am]
e_moon60
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Today the tree removers are coming to take down the old ash tree in the front yard of the other house, the house where the roofing job is partly done, the new carpet is in, and people will arrive on Thanksgiving for a meal.   Here's why the tree needs removal:

Ash-lt-11-16-15

It's 34 inches in diameter at chest height on the trunk, which is partly rotten, and soem of the large branches (like the one shown stuck in the ground from a previous storm break) are completely rotten.  It's twice as high as the house, though some of the top has already come down on its own.  It's easily capable of dropping lethal limbs into the street, the neighbor's yard, or onto the roof that has only its plastic skin on at the moment.   A danger to neighbors, guests, roofers, the furniture people who will come on Thursday.

When we were younger, we might have (foolishly) tackled this job ourselves, but no one here can handle a big chain saw anymore, or has any business going up a ladder on a partly-rotten tree.  The tree removal people brought four trucks, a crane, and a crew of experienced guys to take it down.  Worth the cost.  Glad we can afford to have it done.

We're very glad the tree guys rescheduled for today (though it's raining lightly) because there's a storm expected to produce high straight-line winds, up to 60 mph, tonight.   This old tree used to shade the entire front yard and the front bedroom--valuable in summer--but it's a danger now and must go.

The tree crew at work:
Ash-takedown-in-progress    Ash-takedown-closeup

You can see the cut ends of the larger branches and a bit of the white bucket where the man is cutting them off.  The truck nearest is a chipper.   Some of the branch cuts show healthy wood all through; others have a dark rotten core.  Can't really tell from outside, which is why the tree needed to come down, not just be pruned.

Ash-taiking-off-main-branch   Ash-last-big-branch

All the top stuff off, trimming down the main trunk and branches

And then removing the cut limbs and trunk pieces with a clever little machine...

Ash-removal-Bobcat-claw   Ash-Xsection-of-trunk

Notice the rotted out part in some limbs and this chunk of trunk.  The lowest part of the trunk showed no rot at all.

It's hard not to stand around and watch the whole thing.

Next morning, after a windstorms and rain...

From this yesterday morning                                          to this

Ash-lt-11-16-15        Ash-all-gone
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[User Picture]From: aitchellsee
2015-11-16 04:40 pm (UTC)
Goodbye, Tree!
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[User Picture]From: stu9arkin
2015-11-16 05:28 pm (UTC)

Rest In Chips.

Bye bye try, have a nice time being compost or whatever else you'll become.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2015-11-16 07:03 pm (UTC)

Re: Rest In Chips.

It will be used on stuff the previous flooding rain scoured, as mulch over seeds, and also in one of the overflow channels, where stuff will grow in it and catch eroding soil from neighbor's field.
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[User Picture]From: stu9arkin
2015-11-16 07:41 pm (UTC)

Re: Rest In Chips.

Good to know it's being put in to something better than a landfill.
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[User Picture]From: filkferengi
2015-11-16 11:40 pm (UTC)

Re: Rest In Chips.

Well, let's say it's filling up land in useful ways.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2015-11-17 01:27 am (UTC)

Re: Rest In Chips.

Yup. Just speeding up the decay process by chipping it instead of throwing the raw logs and branches out there in piles like we usually do when we cut things up (no chipper of our own.) We piled a LOT of branches in one active gully, plus rocks when we could afford to buy a truckload or two.
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[User Picture]From: anais_pf
2015-11-16 06:20 pm (UTC)
OMG no, there is no way that's a job for talented amateurs! That's a serious amount of tree being taken down. I wish I could come over and scavenge for firewood.

Sorry for the loss of your tree. I hope you plan to plant a new shade tree in its place, even though it will be a long, long time before it casts much shade.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2015-11-16 07:09 pm (UTC)
We have young trees that have been growing under its shade, ready to take over. They've had time to develop a good root system and should take off faster now. As they grow, we'll thin them as needed. They're all oaks.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2015-11-16 09:44 pm (UTC)
We are happy enough with the tree-removers' work to have them back to remove other dubious trees. They are happy to have work in what is usually their off season.
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[User Picture]From: filkferengi
2015-11-16 11:41 pm (UTC)
A comment above reminds me: if you're going to have firewood available, you might want to mention it on Craigslist. We've gotten lots of wood for my dad's woodstove that way, & we're in GA.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2015-11-17 01:28 am (UTC)
Yeah, the dark center isn't heartwood but rot.
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[User Picture]From: mevennen
2015-11-17 08:51 am (UTC)
This sounds like us - there's an ongoing saga re roof, and I'm trying to set up a date for a new carpet. Well done on the tree! So sad when they have to come down, but sometimes they do.
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From: sheff_dogs
2015-11-17 07:06 pm (UTC)
We trimmed the branches of our neighbour's large willow tree that were over hanging our garden (legal in the UK if you return the wood to them) and discovered the branches were rotten in the middle. The branches were so rotten you could pop out the centre of a disc cut from them. We showed our neighbour who was shocked but decided not to cut the rest of the tree down at that time. We were very happy when they eventually decided to get the rest of the tree cut down as the prevailing winds would have likely landed any broken branches on the houses (we are semi-detatched from them). Removing the tree has had the added benefit of removing it's considerable shade from our vegetable allotment as well as it's uptake of nutrients so we are happy for increased safety and increased vegetable production.
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