Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Tree Trimming

As you know from reading this blog, we inherited a lot of large trees when we purchased this old house.  Most of these trees hadn't seen a good trimming in decades.  One tree in particular got the boot the minute we signed the papers.

Exhibit A: very tall Pine tree planted inches away from the front porch.  Basically, it was a free pass for critters to get onto our roof.  We had it removed the week after we bought the house.  The picture on the left was from the MLS listing.  The picture on the right was taken this past May.


When this Pine tree was removed in December, we had the same tree service trim back a few other trees that were too close to our roof (we don't want any squirrels taking up residence in the attic). 

Then, in May, you might remember that we demolished the side yard...


And last week, the trees saw a bit more action.  My husband's cousin, Frankie (who also helped us with the 3rd floor and 2nd floor demo), is a professional tree trimmer.  I mean professional.  With the climbing boots, harnesses, the works.  Frankie came down to help us remove another nasty Pine tree, a severely mangled Maple, and then he cleared away many many dead limbs from otherwise healthy trees.  We don't want a 12 foot dead branch suddenly falling on us, so we thought that a good pruning was in order.

Here is Frankie, from the zoom lens, climbing the tree...



And, here he is climbing just a little higher...



Can you see him?



That's him, there...


When it was time to come down, Frankie propelled himself out of the tree and slowly rode the line down to the ground, like a super hero (with chainsaw in tow!).  It was pretty cool. 


Thank you, Frank, for all of your help! 

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5 comments:

A Country Farmhouse said...

Our property had several dead or dying trees on it as well - and it seems like every other tree need some major pruning! It's amazing what good tree maintenance can bring to a property! Your yard looks GREAT!

xoTrina

RLG said...

Given all the storms we've been having, your timing is bang on. Can you send Frank to our house when he's done? LOL xoxo

Mango Gal said...

Heights freak me out, so as I was scrolling through your photos of him climbing the tree I had the other hand covering my eyes! LOL

Kelly Galvin Robson said...

Trina-- your yard COMPLETELY inspired me to get our act together. I've been meaning to ask you: do you like the rose bushes you planted around your perimeter? I'm considering them for our yard next year! :)

Renee-- I know, this whole thing started when a few giant branches fell during our last storm! Frank is amazing, and so helpful! I'll send him your way when we're done with him!!

Mango Gal-- it made me nervous just watching him climb the trees! I think it takes a certain kind of person to do this job. Not me. :)

xx
Kelly

John Vonn said...

Your blog and picture are awesome.I’m in love with that trees.
Thanks

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