We did not had any broken trees, but some got a good trimming, quite a few broken branches here and there.
So after a few more pruning's, it was time to bring back Dennis and cut a few more trees and some more serious pruning's. We got lucky so far, but to prevent further damages some had to go...
The house inspection at purchase time, 2011
The parking area is surrounded by a few big trees, Maple, Oak
That crooked oak tree between our two Lincolns (2011)
has since grown and some of its branches are now over our vehicles,
despite the occasional trimmings thru the years.
An early trim scar (2011) on the maple
Soon the cut will be fully enclosed and become a dead knot
The oak drop a few branches lately but somehow managed to missed both vehicles (car and truck)
At first I was just going to gave it a trim, but then decided, why take more chances?
So down the tree came.
Of course, I saved a couple of logs (oak)
That should also reduce the squirrels activity near our parked vehicles, hopefully...
With the tree in the back gone,
and the maple to the left trimmed
should be able to handle safely the next storms.
The big oak in the front yard also got an haircut, especially the lower branches that were over arching the driveway
and you probably noticed another tree missing in this pic, in front of the big oak.
Looking at this pic, it need a few more lower branches trimmed on the right
That tree center was rotted
very spongy. No I did not saved any of it
We are technically standing at the bottom of the sea, well a few millions year ago, but the valley soil is very sandy, hence lots of ants. The soil, the bogs, the peat moss and some areas being irrigated by the relentless tidal bores, make the valley soil very fertile.
On the right of the house, there is a cluster of three oaks. Besides making a mess in my gutters, the one closest to the house was removed before it became too big. The two others are getting a respite for now.
This house was built in 1976, thru the years some of the early landscaping decisions are becoming a problem(s). Some of the ornamental trees have not been cared for early on and have since succumbed to diseases. Their growth severely hampered. Others trees and shrubs species were planted too close to the house and will soon caused more serious problems.
Foliage are too close to the house sidings and gutters, the roots will eventually put pressure against the cement block foundation (weak spot) and on and on. Time for some corrective action. In some case that mean simply removing a tree or transplanting shrubs away from the foundation.
But fear not, we are replacing many of these trees that we cut down. The new ones would be better suited for our climes (Humm maybe a Saguaro?? :-) and located further away, with room to grow. Free ranging trees I guess you could say :-)
Yah, I'm pretty sure there is some squirrels activity in that oak, Dad
This past summer, the bushes by the side of the house got a severe trim
The oak closest to the house is going out
Of course I saved a log, but I may also try my hand
at splitting and riving a few piece of firewood
There also a small overgrowth ornamental shrub -tree-ish that took a severe incline due to strong winds. We removed it to make room for a future greenhouse.
My new pile of firewood awaiting to be piled.
And yes, I burned some of my previous firewood already
I am taking advantage of this crazy weather, plus 9 C today..!! to clean up most of it before winter start in earnest. I may lit the firepit one more time this season, will see what the weather looks like.
For the first time this year, I never got the right weather (too cold, too hot, to wet) and time to touch up a few areas of paint on the house. Hopefully will have the right weather next spring/summer.
Bob, trying to keep up with the never ending yard work.
You know what I'm up to for a little while, weather permitting