We have lost several and it's sad because they are beautiful with their early spring flowers. We noticed the latest casualty a year ago. In fact it was when Kay of Musings was here with Art and Dennis and Kay's mom. They had come to the Pacific Northwest to see the tulips and the cherry trees and spring gardens. We were in our yard and I saw Violet, Kay's mom, studying this tree, and that's when we noticed that it had not leafed out. It was dead.
We left it in place, planning to take it down in the fall, or in the winter, but finally, yesterday was the day.
Tom is not chain saw friendly. Oh, he can handle one just fine, but he can't get one to start. I have spent many hours out in the woods, when we used to go out and cut firewood, waiting for the chain saw to start. We have gone through several chain saws over the years, but the problem persists. It happened again yesterday morning. I worked on edging while he tried over and over again, flooding it, letting it settle, repeat, repeat, repeat. I went on line and looked up the users manual to see if we could tinker with the corroborator. That didn't do it. Finally I went on line to see where we could rent a chain saw. Home Depot to the rescue.
It was 1:00 before we actually got going on the tree cutting.
He cut off several large branches first, then up on a tall step ladder, he cut off the whole top of the tree. I was very nervous during that part of the job, afraid of kickback and the trunk hitting him and killing him. Relief flooded me when the top was on the ground and Tom was in one piece.
He cut down the rest of the trunk, and then we cut up the logs and the bigger branches and stacked the smaller stuff.
The stump is almost hidden in a clump of salal.
Tom returned the chainsaw in under four hours so the cost was only $35.00. From now on, whenever we need a chainsaw this is the way to go. Did I mention it was an electric chainsaw? Much easier.
Tom is making progress on splitting the large rounds.
While he took the saw back I stacked all the wood, trimmed all the branches and stacked them and raked up all of the small debris.
By the end of the day all of that has been removed from the lawn.
The wood pile is growing.
And all of the smaller branches are bundled and ready to be hauled to the yard waste recycling station at the dump.
All in a good day's work.