Saturday, February 20, 2016

Amateur Arborists

I have never seen someone so happy to do yard work.  Ed's been working all week in the yard and even at the end of the day, he's still grinning like a kid.  He's been using my brother's skid-steer to move around the dirt but yesterday he used it to assist in the tree trimming.

Here you'll see my brother standing in the bucket, while Ed mans the controls of the skid-steer, moving him around and raising and lowering him to reach the high branches.

It involved a lot of teamwork, hand signals, and random shouts.  I stood below grabbing the large branches and collecting the small ones in piles, and also making sure Ed didn't run over the power cord.  My job was difficult.
I only requested a few branches to be cut, the ones that were dead and hanging, but they wound up trimming three of the largest trees on the property.  We have a lot more to go and I can't wait to see how it's going to look with the new plants and decorative rock.

Once the spring comes and the leaves of the trees fill out, we'll have a better idea of what the shape of the tree will look like, and can do more precise pruning.  Never did I think I'd be using the word "pruning" in a sentence describing something I did in my actual life.

We have some ideas for the landscaping and I'm excited to see how it'll all turn out.  Right now the yard is very bare with just the natural vegetation, much of which is dead or overgrown.  The end result with the new plants and decorative rock is going to be gorgeous.  I'm envisioning something like this or this or this or even this!

In the backyard sits a shipping container which was used at one point for storage, and a clothesline that's no longer part of laundry day.  Both will eventually be removed.

The sun was setting when my brother left and Ed finished up around the yard, filling the trailer for our run to the green dump.  Today we'll start early and get a few hours in before it gets hot.

We've been sleeping really well after days like this.  It's true what they say about hard labor wearing one out.

I never knew.



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2015: 
Sea Day

2014: Art Deco Color
2013: Formed Around A Grain Of Sand
2012: Pinwheels, Cartwheels, What’s The Difference?
2011: Maybe You Left It On Mars
2010: The Art Of A French Cooking Friend
2009: Eddie Supervises Friday
2008: Squeaky Clean
2007: Rushing No More
2006: My Constant Gardner
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

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