It was time to remove a couple of trees at the cottage.
Take a look at that giant on the left. That, my friends, is a Linden tree. Now, you're probably saying, "What a beautiful tree! All that shade ... homes for birds, etc..." The truth? It's a menace!! It drops little seed clusters constantly and then there's the sap. EVERYTHING under this tree is sticky. (Notice the proximity to the driveway? Can we talk about the car that gets parked under the tree?) The sap also attracts flies, bees, and ants. It had to go!
We also had another tree on the hit list. Look here:
See the small one on the front corner? That one is a Choke Cherry Tree. Branches were on the roof, making a perfect runway for the squirrels, it had a blight, and dropped choke cherries everywhere! Granted, it looks pretty when it blooms in the spring, but that only lasts a week! Bye-bye!
Soooo, Off With Their Heads, .....um, I mean, Enter the Tree Removal Company:
It took 2 1/2 hours, 3 men, a bucket truck, and a chipper. The trees were gone. It was an amazing process to witness. Here are some highlights:
Look carefully, half of the tree is gone. It's a little difficult to see, since my neighbor's maple tree is in the background.
Here's the chipper hard at work:
The Choke Cherry Tree came down too, but that wasn't nearly as dramatic as the Linden tree. I'm still amazed that it only took 2 1/2 hours! Here's an "After" pic:
We've got some landscaping to do now. Tree removal was the first step in the process. With Fall already here and Winter on the horizon, I'm thinking I've got some time to plan. Several ideas are spinning in my head. If you have any ideas, by all means, shout them out. I'm always open to new ideas!