|Two dead black cherries on the east side of the house, one already reduced to pieces|
I roped my brother into helping me cut down 16 of the dead trees in early fall but there were three that we didn't touch. They were all much larger than we had cut down and were all within ten feet of the house. I thought the last thing I wanted to do was to send a large tree through our new house so I called someone who was insured and did this sort of thing for a living. Since all the trees were recently dead, I wasn't worried about them falling down on their own yet but we get freezing rain up here quite regularly during winter and that is really hard on dead trees. Not only do the large branches shower down on your yard, but I've seen many a fellow patching up a hole in his roof after a freezing rain shower sent a dead wood spear through it. So four and a half months ago, I called someone recommended to me by several people and got on their waiting list.
This past Friday morning they showed up. One man drove a cherry picker truck, another a enclosed truck and industrial shredder and a third drove a truck with a skid steer on tracks on a trailer. They worked most of the day cutting down those three dead trees plus two small hackberry trees that were live but were poor specimens and leaning way over our house.
When they got to the largest tree of them all, the dead oak, they quickly limbed all the smaller limbs off and were working on limbs 18 inches in diameter still forty feet up in the air! They would lop of five foot sections which then fell forty feet down smacking the ground with a thud that would shake the floors and windows of our house. The last twenty foot section was cut down in one piece and it shook our house so hard that I heard a couple windows creak with stress. Fortunately nothing broke.
The men hauled off the large stuff, shredded the small stuff and left for the day. Today as you read this, they are supposed to be back to finish up by grinding out all the stumps and raking the lawn. Since they left a cooler and a pile of rakes, I'm quite certain that they will come back and finish it up in good order. They were well recommended as the company of choice because they do excellent work which must be true since their waiting list was nearly four and a half months long.
|What remained of the second black cherry|
|Starting on the once mighty oak|
|The once mighty oak now on the ground.|