July 03, 2006

Remember that big-ass tree?

I'm talking about that maple in my backyard. I've had a love/hate relationship with that tree for years. It tried to neuter me, I scalped it halfway up. It's a beautiful tree that totally screws up my yard by where it's at and its massive and shallow root system. Filthy thing too, raining shit down - leaves and/or monkey balls (spiny seed pods) - all year round. Because of this tree, I can't grow much beyond mossy dirt and hostas.

Last night, we had a pop-up thunderstorm sit right over us for a good hour. The sky looked like God's own disco with the strobe effect, and plenty of visible lightning from my front door. Once the torrential rains started in, I watched a couple of huge trees across the street to see if they were going to come down. The wind was impressive. They survived, but my backyard maple got topped.

We discovered it this morning. About 30' of the very top came pretty much straight down into our backyard. The very tips landed across the fence, but not enough to do any damage (thank heavens).

I've already been out toe survey the damage. It's cut up into manageable pieces and dragged out into the back meadow, ready to end up down by the creek.

I like this. Now, if the next storm can take another 30' off, I can call the tree removal company and all they'll need to do is the bare trunk and stump. Yay!

Posted by Ted at July 3, 2006 08:25 AM | TrackBack
Category: Square Pegs

Ted, you're a guy who appreciates something like rockets, so I'm al little suprised you didn't see this already. But what you have here is an opportunity to purchase a chainsaw. You need a chainsaw.

Posted by: shank at July 3, 2006 11:47 AM

Everybody needs a chainsaw.

Posted by: Paul at July 3, 2006 12:39 PM

I have this problem about having to justify a tool purchase like a chainsaw. I have just the one tree on my property, and although a chainsaw would've been handy to have maybe three or four times in the last 15 years, I haven't come across anything that I couldn't handle with my axe and bowsaw, high limb cutter and polesaw.

Posted by: Ted at July 3, 2006 08:16 PM

I'm glad there was no major damage, trees can really wreck shit when they come down.

Can you rent a chainsaw?

Posted by: Oorgo at July 4, 2006 04:19 PM
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