The Bradford Pears had to go. We knew they had to go. I’ve mentioned it on here before. Vince hates them . . I moderately don’t like them and if they would just stand up and be strong and not break and split and fall on the deck and the driveway and across the road, I would have interceded on their behalf but . . I know they are invasive and not trustworthy trees.
This is the tree on the right side of the driveway. It’s the one that had already had a branch break off and was blocking the driveway when we arrived Thursday.
There was one equally as big on the left side. Here it is now.
Sad! Really sad. So sad it makes me want to cry. The tree cutters will be back tomorrow to cut more trees and grind all the stumps down. Vince and I were out talking to the main guy and he said “Any idea what you want to plant to replace them? ” I said “Artichokes” and he busted out laughing. I was totally serious. Then Vince started laughing. Four or five artichokes growing out there in a big cluster .. that would be beautiful and they will produce food!
Most winters artichokes would be fine here but occasionally, we’d lose them and have to start over so I’ll probably plant them somewhere else . . not quite so front and center.
Then I decided on cherry trees. More snickering from the “experts”. The final decision: Whatever I’m planting needs to be done when the tree cutters are gone and when I’m here alone! I think cherry trees are a good choice but obviously I don’t know what I’m talking about.
Those guys worked super hard all day and will be back today.
There were two big Capital Pears by the back deck. They cut one and trimmed the other so that if (and I probably should say WHEN) it splits and falls, it will be away from the house.
Another spot that looks like very bare.
Today they will cut a couple more trees, finish trimming three or four others, grind down the stumps and I think that’s it for them.
Two guys were also here today replacing siding that no one seems to know what happened but it appears that it melted — maybe burning leaves got out of hand . . not sure but that got done.
Deck guys came out and looked at our deck.
The deck needs work. We knew that it did. There are some boards that need to be replaced – maybe five. But, the guys were telling us that the wood they get now is so different from the wood that’s already on the deck, the new wood is going to shrink and curl and always look like replacement boards. Because the deck is so dry, they said if they refinish it now, they’ll probably have to refinish it again in the spring and we’ll probably have to refinish it again every couple of years so we decided to go with the Trex composite decking. We had it at the house in MO before and it was so nice. It rains a lot here, it stays humid; in the winter, the snow and ice keep the boards wet so using the Trex will mean we shouldn’t ever have to deal with maintenance.
I think . . other than the gas line for the stove, that should be all we have to do in the near future.