Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Tree Service Appreciation Day

Yesterday it was time to get the hard hats on - Buck's Tree Service came out to remove 2 trees that were starting to loose limbs - they have growing up through our deck for many years, and we were concerned about falling limbs when the high winds blew. I took some photos to share with you all, and it should give you a good appreciation of the height of our trees, and the guts it takes to scamper up high with the squirrels and tree frogs!

I never realized it, but the bucket does not have to be controlled by a person inside the truck - the bucket rider has controls to go up, down, and swing from side to side - however he needs to position himself. It has hydrolic stabilizer feet to help hold the truck in position - necessary as the bucket moves higher and from one side to the other.

Before they began cutting, Buck climbed a totally different tree to position ropes over a strong branch which was higher than the tree he was going to remove for us. That rope would be attached to a limb or a trunk portion that he cut with his chain saw, and the ground man would tighten the rope, and hold it while the limb dropped, swinging it safely away from Buck, the house, or himself! What a great team!!!

The first limbs to go were what was actually the size of a normal tree you might find in the suburbs! When it crashed to the ground, they would whoop and holler like hillbillies - it was quite humorous!

In this final picture you can see the top of the tree he's working on from a distance, of course! It hurt my neck to look up for too long, and the thick tree to the left in this photo is equally as tall as the tree Buck is hanging on to! We will have some nice firewood next winter, as this will have to season for a while before it is burnable. I will miss these awesome trees, but we have so many more tall ones, and most are far enough away, not posing a threat to our cozy little cabin in the big woods! Hope you enjoyed today's posting! Please leave a comment - I love to hear from you!


Olde Dame Penniwig said...

I'm frightened of tall trees.

Yep, just a chicken! We didn't have tall trees in New Orleans. Even the live oaks draped in moss weren't TALL. They were WIDE.

When I lived on Whidbey Island, the trees looming just about blew my poor olde mind. I got more used to them after awhile, but was happy to leave them behind.

Here in West Texas it's similar to the other desert areas I've lived in. No naturally occurring trees at all, not even a cottonwood. Our trees stay quite small. Two-stories is a sizable tree out here.

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Jenna Z said...

Oh, you are so smart to take pictures! We had two trees removed last month and it was amazing but I never thought to take pictures! Neat post!

Chatty Crone said...

We had a tree fall on our house when a tornado went through. It can be dangerous. Glad you got them down. Hope your cold is better!