Two Trees Down

Thursday, July 20

This time the trees were in Anne’s yard – in the woodlot behind our house and the pavilion.

A few days earlier a large branch fell on the back of the house and ruined her heating/cooling unit. Another branch went through the roof and into her bathroom. For that reason the carpenter suggested that she should consider taking down the tree in front of her house, as it was quite tall and leaning over the house.

She called two tree service companies, but Amos’ bid was a lot lower – partly because he wanted the wood from the locust tree.

I took a few of these pictures, but Cerwin took most of them as I had work to do in my office. Some were taken with his cell phone and others with my Nikon.

He did his usual good job of taking branches down piece by piece in order to not damage the house.

Then he was ready to drop it. This was an ash tree. There are quite a few ash trees in the woods, which concerns us because of the ash tree borer that is destroying trees in our area.

From the Internet: The emerald ash borer (EAB), Agrilus planipennis, is an invasive highly destructive wood-boring insect that attacks ash trees. It has killed more than 40 million ash trees in the states of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Maryland, and Illinois. It was detected for the first time in Pennsylvania in late June 2007.

Then it was time to take down the culprit that damaged the house – a very tall, straight locust tree. Amos is hoping to make locust boards or posts out of it. The damaging branch came from high in the tree.

He dropped this one without removing any of the branches.

It makes me sad every time we have to take down a tree in our woodlot, but it is not safe to have some of these old, tall trees close to a house.

We plant new trees when necessary. Sometimes a bit of space is good and causes the trees to spread out and become quite beautiful.

Another Tree Down and Snow

Monday, January 30

It makes me sad that we have to take down our pretty Ash tree (right), but it barely had leaves last summer, and Amos said there was nothing he could do for it.

So he came on Monday morning to put it out of it’s misery.

First he took down the small tree that was attached to it.

Then he began work on the main tree.

The only good thing about taking the tree down is the unobstructed view from our kitchen window.

After they left I finished processing 2,000+ newsletters for the post office. Thankfully I have software and equipment to do most of it by computer, printer, and inserter.

I was surprised to come upstairs (my office is in the basement) in the early afternoon and see snow.

The birds were busy

The “tree guys” came for their last piece of equipment later in the afternoon.

Now my new view includes snow.

Two Trees Down

Monday, December 28

1 (1)This tree has been a concern to us for the past few years.

We always told people not to park close to it – especially if it was windy, because dead branches came crashing down without warning.

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1 (3)As I watched Amos take this tree down – piece by piece – I understood why someone with his skill is often called a tree surgeon.

1 (4)He didn’t allow even one branch fall to our driveway – but gently lowered them to the ground.

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1 (6)This “critter” ate up small branches and created sawdust in seconds.

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1 (9)His helpers clean up branches and sawdust so thoroughly before they leave that the area look better than it did before they came.

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1 (17)From the north side of the house.

1 (18)Behind the house.

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1 (20)A naked tree

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1 (22)Cerwin and Amos

1 (23)We had another tree in the lower part of our yard that needed to come down as well.

1 (24)This was a clean cut – no wires, house, or driveway to worry about.

1 (25)It was down before I even thought about changing my camera to “rapid fire.”

1 (26)Now I understand why it didn’t cost as much to take this one down.

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1 (30)The wood-eater is in business again.

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1 (32)Ready for Jere and his boys to cut up into firewood.

1 (33)Now that the vehicles were out of the way, Amos went back to the tree at the corner of our house to finish that job.

1 (34)I wish I had been this close when water gushed out of the cut he was making.

That bothered him a bit because he wasn’t sure it would fall where he wanted it to land.

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1 (36)There it goes!

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1 (39)Right where he wanted it! This wood will go to our nephew, Travis, who will cut it up for firewood.

2Good job, Amos. You are the best.