Several weeks ago we noticed that after a windstorm, this tree was seriously leaning. It's a native dogwood and we knew it had finally died several years ago. We knew it had to come down. Tom said he could cut it down, and I dreaded that, but we kept putting it off.
Then, there it was just being held up by the branches of the fir tree.
Tom and his little chain saw are not friends. He can never get it to start or keep running. Finally I told him to just go and buy a small electric chainsaw, since he was only going to use it to cut up windfall here in the yard. Yesterday he did that, even having a $10 coupon from ACE Hardware. $55 well spent.
Today was the day. Again, I was nervous. He got a rope on the tree high enough for leverage. I stood by to call the aid car.On the ground and at a safe angle, he pulled on the rope. Nope. So he began to tug and rock the tree until it broke lose from the fir branches.
WHAP! It landed just where he wanted it.
Almost no damage done.
After lunch it was time to start the clean up. I just watched, because I don't work in the sun.
The new little chain saw worked great - quiet, no gas fumes, light weight, and husky enough to do the job.
It was getting hot so Tom took a few breaks.
He cleans up as he goes - yard waste bin for the the small stuff, which will be lopped off in the bin, and a tidy little pile of firewood.
After one more cut he quit for today. Well, done Tom.