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Monday, 19 November 2012

There once was a tree . . .

Well we ummed and aaaahed and eventually decided that the large Corsican Pine had to go. Why hadn't we just chopped it down 13 years ago when we moved here! Why had we let it grow so huge that it blocked the light and the view from our bedroom, living room and kitchen? Why had we waited until it need planning permission and a team of expert tree fellers to do the job?

Today the deed was done . . .
 




. . . and now I can make plans for two new large flower beds :-) and Cheep and the flock will have to relocate their winter HQ to another sheltered place in the garden.

Celia
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14 comments:

  1. It's always a pity to remove a tree, but you have regained so much more sky!

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    1. I am a bit sad to see it go, but the garden near our house has so much more potential now.

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  2. It hurts my hurt to take down a tree (unless it's dead & in danger of falling in bad weather). What did the flock think of all of this goings on? As for taking a tree down, even smaller ones should have professionals doing it. Some years back, my Uncle Adair decided to fell a scrub oak on the pastureland he rented out. He was by himself, &, although the tree was a small one, he should have waited until a few more people were there. He didn't, it fell & pinned him. The tree didn't hurt him, but the exertion of trying to crawl out from under brought on a fatal heart attack.

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    1. What a tragic story. Trees are always so much larger and heavier than they appear to be. I know it is sad to fell a tree, but as a not native the Corsican Pine doesn't support a large range of wildlife and we have many other trees in the garden. The area is opened up for planting a lovely large colourful range of perreniels and annuals and maybe some flowering shrubs too.

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  3. We took down our pecan tree, but we've planted many, many more trees - which compensate. Such an awful noise when the chainsaw whines!

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    1. A pecan tree sounds nice. The chain saw noise wasn't too bad... but the chipper in the front yard was pretty loud!

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  4. Tree fellers? I had two fellas for our work. ;-)
    (And need to get them back to deal with two giants on the back fence line.)

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    1. As you can see in the video, there were four fellers ;-)

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  5. I am lucky to live in an area where there are lots of trees. A couple of years ago we removed a sycamore, it was huge, more suited to a forest than an average back garden! I'm all for trees, but they need tobe in the right place! :)

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  6. What exciting plans have you for your new flowerbeds? That was a good sequence of pictures.

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  7. Which begs the very exciting question: which flowers will you be planting in these new beds?

    Stephanie

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  8. Other half went out to "prune" the dog willow (which was to be fair blocking daughter's and bathroom windows) Suffice to say the pruned wood is seasoning in Mabels House and should see us through next winter fairly well!!

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  9. It's such a big decision, removing a large tree from a garden. We removed a whole row of conifers about a decade ago, the difference it made was amazing. Next was a large weeping willow, which I wish now, that we had kept for the elegance of it. We have a large silver birch which is too large and every time we have gales I worry about it coming crashing onto the house. But it provides much needed shade from the sun and is a beautiful tree. However, I think we will need experts to take some of the height and width out of it next year. Biting the bullet time again.

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  10. What a fabulous transformation - and not something I think you will find yourself regretting. Perfect time of year for it too, you now have all winter to plot and plan your new beds!

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