The tree guys finally came yesterday to cut down one of two trees growing behind our house. Not only is it an ash tree that has a fair chance of eventually succumbing to Emerald Ash Borer, but it's also closer to our house than we'd like and closes off the North and West yards from each other.
|The ash tree closest to the house is the one that came down.|
|The tree guys got started by trimming off all the branches until only the|
totem pole-like trunk remained.
|The last view of both trees.|
|They quickly got the trunk on the ground and then cut it into|
smaller (although still massively heavy) chunks.
|Sawing on the trunk. The stump is still visible. Note the large piles|
of logs in the background, which they left for us for firewood (and
which I moved most of myself -- very heavy work).
|Then they ground out the stump using a large grinding machine that|
was so loud, I had to take this photo from inside.
|They left behind this large pile of wood chips, which I will need for my|
trees and shrubs area in the West Yard.
|All the logs gone, only the mulch left to deal with. |
The yard has truly been opened up now.
It's always a shame when a large tree must be cut down (and we don't have all that many mature trees to start with, so we didn't make this decision lightly). However, I think the yard looks much more open now than it did in the first photo at top. The tree was simply too close to the house, although this was not the fault of the previous owners who planted it, as we built the addition that stands too close to the trees. There was also the question of how long before Emerald Ash Borer strikes.
Now there is much more room (and light) to plant in near the house, and I hope the remaining tree will now be able to fill in and grow toward the increased light (the tree we cut down stood to the south of the remaining tree, blocking its sunlight).
I plan to expand the narrow planting strip along the back of the house to enclose the spot where the tree stood, in a generous curving garden bed along the whole length of the house. My plan is to plant mostly gold-foliage and yellow-flowering plants in these beds to light up this north side of the house. The part of the bed right next to the house is in shade, but the rest will be mostly sunny. Any favorite gold/yellow plants you can recommend?
Thanks for reading!