At the bottom of the garden near the pond we have two large and mature (Norway) maple trees … not the best maples, thugs to be honest, but we inherited them and they do provide shade and the birds like perching in them. One of the trees, however, had developed canker and was pushing at the fence as well as giving way too much shade to the small patch of garden that I laughingly call the fruit and vegetable patch. So, we decided that this tree had to go and called in our friends at Botanica Tree Surgeons to do the deed. As they pulled up at the front of the house with their huge truck the delivery guys from the piano shop also arrived with jean’s new digital piano … a lot of shuffling and walking around each other ensued, the piano was installed (much to J’s delight and the cats’ bewilderment) and the tree guys set to work with a vengeance.
I had always been at work when trees were trimmed before so had not seen how it was done. I am enormously impressed by their skills having watched the process. Kind of like rock-climbing with chain-saws. The lawn is now so compressed that i doubt grass will grow again and so will need some remedial work but the increased light in the fruit and veg patch is immediately apparent. The down side is that we can now see the neighbours so I shall try to avert my eyes from their gallivanting and general presence. It had to be done. Might plant something smaller than a maple as a screen?
At the end of the work they ran the branches etc through their shredder as expected and then pulled a few levers and it swallowed the whole trunk. I have never seen a machine quite like it.