Monday, September 25, 2017

July-August, 2017: Chainsaws, Tractors, Elevating Lifts, a Giant Chipper and an impressive amount of manpower were needed for the major outdoor job done this summer. Three old (and unfortunately very sick) trees had to come down (they threatened the roof of the house) and several decades of thorny bramble and overgrown weeds really needed to be cleared away. Since this was all well beyond Joie's and Marilyn's skills, they continued working on interior renovations and hired pros. 

Up, up and away!

Only way to get some limbs
Steve Morse and his crew from New England Greenscape spent several very long days cutting, climbing, clearing, chipping and, on occasion, battling hives of stinging insects and chasing off non-poisonous but very, very large snakes.

Side clearing being done after maple down
Golden maple and crab apple trunk sections

But they cheerfully complied with Joie's request to be able to keep a slice or two to make a table. The 2 smaller pieces are from the scraggly crab apple tree hanging over the pool...NOT the best place for a leafy, flowering tree.

Hill behind pool before clearing

More men in trees

Watch for falling trees
Apple tree 1 down

A second crab apple tree at the front south corner had to be taken down as well, but this one was done by Team Campbell with our fave contractor Ryan Regan-Ladd in control of the chainsaw.

Some of the less dangerous tasks, like hauling the cut branches to the dumpster (at right), trimming lower tree limbs and pulling weeds, were managed with the generous help of Joie's dad, John, and brother, Jake, who came for a visit despite the warning that they would be put to work. (Not sure they expected it to be as strenuous as it was but they were troopers.)

Marilyn voted to leave the trunk in place as an art piece, but she lost to Joie's insistence that they were eliminating dead things on the property, not memorializing them.
Ready for reno

There was one area we had unsuccessfully tried to get cleared for three years. The "area" was a tangle of wild mini-rose bushes and a plethora of other weeds and saplings. Unbeknownst to Marilyn or Joie (who is lethally allergic), it was also home to a giant hornets' nest. Since it was very close to the grand willow (the dark green clump to the left in the photo), it was not easy to tell how big the thorny stand was until one got close enough to see that it was about 20 feet in diameter and at least that high.

It was also impossible to see that there was a small pond behind it where ducks and geese stopped for a rest.

It took the Greenscape team about three days, but they achieved what others could not.

 Ta-dah! Not only can we see the pond but a strong sumac tree was unveiled.

Although there is still plenty planned for the outside property, it will have to wait until next summer. After all, winter is coming ...

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