Gone later today.......
Yesterday was the day for the tree removal crew to arrive. They were scheduled for two days and I was expecting them to remove all the limbs on the first day and remove the trunks and grind the stump on the second. I was wrong.
This 4-man crew worked fast. I arrived home just shy of 3:30 in the afternoon yesterday and all that was left of the mighty sequoia was one 30-40 ft trunk - the one leaning towards the neighbors shed.
|(One trunk left to go)|
I was able to watch them cut it down. It made quite the boom when it landed.
|(Last of the trunks down, now just the stump)|
I think their hardest part of the day came when they had to saw off the rest of the stump, seen above, so the grinders could come in.
|(Stump ready for grinding 7ft in diameter at the base)|
They ended up sawing through it and chopping it in pieces. I couldn't help but think they would have made great end tables or coffee tables.
|(One section of lower trunk/stump)|
When the crews left close to 6 pm last night our back yard looked like this:
|(No more sequoia)|
Man, that side fence has to go. Nice Oregon moss decomposing the fence boards - only on the ones that were under the tree though. Luckily the neighbors have a chain link fence on the other side to keep their dog in so the only thing we lose is privacy and when you neighbor is well over 6ft tall, the fence doesn't afford much privacy anyway.
Today another crew came in to grind the stump. All that remained when we got home was a large area of sawdust.
|(That is a lot of sawdust)|
We are thinking it might be a good location for a blueberry patch.
Now the back yard appears quite large to us. We realized the tree was encroaching, but I don't think we realized how much. Let the clean up begin.
|(Not quite an 'after' picture but getting closer)|
We have friends and neighbors coming to take the free wood away. Once it is gone and the rains stop we can begin to transform that corner. Fence removal and planning and planting of evergreens around the perimeter and filling it in with some shrubs and perennials.
- Au Revoir
" The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now." - Chinese Proverb