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24 July 2004 @ 05:12 pm
Major Front Yard Works  
Took me a little bit to get these pictures together, but I can finally tell the tale.

You see, I am a lover of trees.

Problem is, we live in a house surrounded by Georgia White Pines ("Ye Pines That Block Out Ye Sun"™). I hate them with a passion usually reserved for rival basketball teams. Therefore, and in honor of their fast (blindingly fast) growth rate, I have declared them "weeds", not "trees".

Add that to the recent infestations of the Southern Pine Borer and having such tall plants about could cause great consternation and distress.

Over the last 5 years, we have managed to clear out all of the pines in the yard, with the last stroke being 10 (count 'em!) that were taken out a week ago last Thursday.

The operation was impressive - because the main one that had to go was huge and so close to the house that its branches were actually resting on the roof, we needed a 40-ton crane. They brought it in, carefully put down the counterweights and feet so the yard would not be damaged, and in the space of 6 hours all the trees were gone. AND they trimmed up the redbuds by the driveway so they would canopy over instead of block the parking slab. AND they cleaned everything up - branches, stray pine straw, chips from the stump grinding. AND there was no damage at all to the house or to the trees we wanted to have left alone (a 7-year-old maple in front of the living room window).

Here are the before-and-after pictures:


(taken a few years ago, so ground plants don't match and the maple hadn't started growing yet)

Old picture from the Northeast

Old picture from the Northwest


(Showing the maple and gardenias getting joyful, life-giving sunshine)

New picture from the Northeast

New picture from the Northwest

A bit of money, but we now have some sun on the north side of the house and the moss may actually go away. We can even grow plants in the windows. Wahoo!
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Lynn Goldfigmo on July 25th, 2004 02:31 am (UTC)
I know the real reason you had the pines taken down; it's cheaper than buying firewood (I noticed the chimney). ;-)

Seriously, I don't blame you. My kitchen window has an overhang, so I can't even grow herbs on it.
hms42 on July 25th, 2004 07:52 pm (UTC)
A bit of money.... Does mean the new 3 Weird Sisters CD (and other new CDs)is/are due out very soon to pay for it? :)

Harold S.