Timberrrrrrr!

Genesis 2:15 – “God took the man and set him down in the Garden of Eden to work the ground and keep it in order”

It’s no secret there are a LOT of trees in Raleigh, and at times you have to get out there and “keep God’s garden in order”.  One of the Sycamores in our front yard contracted Sycamore Anthracnose and it gave me an excuse to have a tree service come out and cull several “nuisance” trees on our property, such as:

The previous owners had planted an unsightly (is there any other kind!?) row of Leyland Cyprus on the property line, which was ever so helpfully blocking our view of a beautiful stand of old apple trees and maples.  They needed to go.

The previous owners planted an unsightly (is there any other kind!?) row of Leyland Cyprus on the property line, which was ever so helpfully blocking our view of a beautiful stand of old apple trees and maples.

Ugh, there is no end to my dislike of Leyland Cyprus.  Got. To. Go.

Ugh, there is no end to my dislike of Leyland Cyprus. Got. To. Go.

And then there are these beasts…

The woods at the edge of our property are mostly lovely hardwoods, but there are a few honker Carolina Pines in there that I just loathe (so ugly!!!) and I've always wanted them out.  Finally getting my wish.  The light this morning was pretty harsh - sorry about the washed out photo.

The woods at the edge of our property are mostly lovely hardwoods, but there are a few honker Carolina Pines in there that I just loathe (so ugly!!!) and I’ve always wanted them out. Finally getting my wish. The light this morning was pretty harsh – sorry about the washed out photo.

While we were at it, I had them also nip the one little eye sore pine by the garden.

While we were at it, I had them also nip the one little eye sore pine by the garden.

And this poor guy…

The homes in our "neighborhood" are built on an old farmstead, and the remains of a fruit orchard lies between us and our neighbors to the west.  Those old trees have slowly been aging out, and it was time to take down a big ol' cherry.  Mind you, all these trees produce fruit that is fit only for the deer and squirrels, so the neighbors and we cut them down when they are no longer attractive.

The homes in our “neighborhood” are built on an old farmstead, and the remains of a fruit orchard lies between us and our neighbors to the west. Those old trees have slowly been aging out, and it was time to take down a big ol’ cherry. Mind you, all these trees produce fruit that is fit only for the deer and squirrels, so the neighbors and we cut them down when they are no longer attractive.

And oh, I noticed this needed a little attention when I was walking around with the tree guy…

The old-school Bradford Pear that had grown over the house.

The old-school Bradford Pear that had grown over the house.

And what started the whole ball rolling…

And what started all this off was the scrawny Sycamore in the middle that had developed Sycamore Anthracnose.  It would have cost more to treat than the tree is worth esthetically, so we opted to take it out.

The scrawny Sycamore in the middle that had developed Sycamore Anthracnose. It would have cost more to treat than the tree is worth esthetically, so we opted to take it out.

I researched a few companies and hired Gonzalez Tree Care to do the job.  They charged a fair price, were quick and did a great job – couldn’t have been happier with them and would recommend them to anyone.

Here’s the work…

After the Sycamore was removed

After the Sycamore was removed

Half the Leylands gone...

Half the Leylands gone…

The new view without the Leylands

The new view without the Leylands

After the cherry tree removal

After the cherry tree removal

Buh bye offending limb - I hope the plants on that side of the deck don't freak from all that new sunlight...

Buh bye offending limb – I hope the plants on that side of the deck don’t freak from all that new sunlight…

After limbing up the old Bradford pear

After limbing up the Bradford pear.  I know we’re just buying a few years before this guy has to come down, but I just love these old, slim pears.

I dunno...is this a fun job or a crazy job?

I dunno…is this a fun job or a crazy job?

Every branch on the pines was "zip lined" down to protect the young hardwoods below.   The guys really did a great job.

Every branch on the pines was “zip lined” down to protect the young hardwoods below. The guys really did a great job.

Getting ready to take the tippy top off the biggest pine.  That young man had ZERO fear up in those trees!

Getting ready to take the tippy top off the biggest pine. That young man had ZERO fear up in those trees!

After removing all the limbs and the tops, these 100 ft pine trunks were dropped in sections.

After removing all the limbs and the tops, these 100 ft pine trunks were dropped in sections.

The little pine came down so fast I didn't even get a picture!

The little pine came down so fast I didn’t even get a picture!

Yeah, I know, there are still some big pines, but now the young hardwoods are more visible and getting more light.  Go hardwoods go!

Yeah, I know, there are still some big pines, but now the young hardwoods are more visible and getting more light. Go hardwoods go!

Ahhh...now I can sit at my kitchen table (where I write) and not see a single pine!

Ahhh…now I can sit at my kitchen table (where I write) and not see a single pine!  Ditto for the view from the dining table in the screened porch.  Woo and hoo!

Genesis 2:15 – “God took the man and set him down in the Garden of Eden to work the ground and keep it in order.”  Amen!

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