Front Yard Part I - Taking out the tree
|Most of the time, the tree looked like this -- |
nice shape and size for the house, but it dropped leaves
starting in spring and ending in early fall.
But my biggest complaint? The damned suckers that grow under the tree. And I mean pretty much every where under the canopy of the tree -- not just its base. There are so many and so thick that it's been impossible to keep them cut back. They're crowding out the dozens of perennials (and reseeders) I have planted there - iris, lilies, hosta, lungwort, horseradish, lavender, bachelor buttons, gooseneck loosestrife, daisys, heuchera, lambs ears, columbine, grasses, tulips, lady's mantle, a wimpy rhododendron, an azalea, and more.
|The owner of the company was out a week earlier |
and tied pink ribbons around the items to be taken out.
It was breast cancer awareness month. I think
the neighbors thought it had something to do
with breast cancer awareness.
Out they go! Both the tree and hedge. Found a great company that took out both - for only $325! That's about a third of the cost I was estimating in my head (with absolutely no knowledge of how much tree removal costs).
About a week after I received and okay'd the estimate, a team of five showed up with grinder, shredder, chain saws and two trucks. They were done and cleaned up in about 45 minutes.
Next up -- redesign!
|Quick work. Chopped up, ground out, raked and swept up in about 45 minutes.|
|Love to watch a good shredding.|
|I want a grinder! It's way cool and made fast work of |
eliminating the shrubs and leaving behind loose turned soil.
|There's a good chance some of the suckers from the tree will still be there this year. |
They ground out the stump deep, as if another tree was to replace it, hopefully to discourage the suckers.
|Now you can see my neighbor's house now. So I'm not starting with a blank slate, but I look forward to re-designing and re-arranging and adding to the mix in the front yard.|