Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tree work ...........

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About 35 years ago, not long after the house was built, we got a handful of pine seedlings from a friend who worked for the forestry department. We stuck them in the ground out by the road. Surprisingly they survived and grew. The picture above shows how large they had gotten.

Hubby decided he wanted to get them all cut down. Grass wouldn't grow under the trees and they dropped pine cones and pine needles all over the side front yard. The roots from those nearest the driveway were pushing up and cracking the asphalt. So, we contacted our tree service and had them come in, cut them down, clean up, and grind down the stumps.

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The business is a husband and wife team. He did most of the work up in the bucket, while she fed branches in the chipper and cut up larger pieces with a chain saw.

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Looks different with the trees gone. We put down lime and fertilizer this afternoon, then sowed grass seed. It has gotten very dry, but we are hoping for some rain tomorrow. We're thinking about planting azaleas on the other side of the fence.

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10 comments:

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

I think azaleas would be perfect.... or an entire row of lilac bushes. Pine trees can be so messy, I would have wanted them gone too. I'm sure you glad to have hired someone and just have it done and over with. :-)

Linda said...

I never like to see trees cut down. I know pine needles and cones are a real pain to deal with. I think since the trees belonged to you and the mess was yours to deal with, it's none of my business. I know you will enjoy watching whatever you plant grow to maturity.

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

That seems a good ending to the hard work !

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I would've been kind of sad to see them go. They certainly grew tall!

drypond said...

It looks good, I love azaleas. I bet they would look so pretty out next to your fencing.

Arkansas Patti said...

What a difference. I am in the process of planting such a line of them and I am sure long after I am gone, someone will cut them down.
Hope you got a good price for the lumber.

NitWit1 said...

Pine needles burn rapidly so I have yuccas for a short distance. My husband tends to burn then down, but yuccas are hard to get rid of, and another plant that is a survivalist of my lack of care.

schmidleysscribblins,wordpress.com said...

Too sad. Those pines looked like the wonderful Long Leaf Pines that once formed a forest that covered the entire Southeast Coast. Why grass, you have to mow it. The azaleas would have loved being under the pines and having the needles drop on them each year. Now you have to go out and get mulch for your Azaleas.

CountryDew said...

That's a lot of work! It looks nice, though.

Gilly said...

I love pines, but when the roots start cracking the paths, then maybe its time to go!

Azaleas sound lovely. I imagine they grow much better with you than with us, where they tend to be very tender plants. A whole row of azaleas sounds delicious!