Ever since we purchased the Squash House, there has been an Ailanthus tree in the neighbor's yard which has been the bane of my existence here! It makes thousands of seed pods, each pod holding another thousand seeds, which all fall or get blown into our yard - and most of them germinate! I've spent hours and hours pulling little baby Ailanthus trees out of the beds and the lawn. Mr. Squash has also pulled his share of them and raked and raked the mess from it for what seems like each month of the year! Even the neighbor who owns the tree doesn't like it! Well, from now on, neither the neighbor or us will have any more worries from the tree because yesterday it came down! We reached an agreement with the neighbor to have it removed. A certified arborist and his crew began the work yesterday and will finish today. I thought you might like to see some of the dramatic moments from the removal process!
Here is the tree prior to the crew arriving. You can see it was dark and rainy all day!
Andy is just getting set up in the cherry picker. He said they normally climb the trees and cut them, but since this one is next to the alley and very spindly in sections, along with the weather,he felt it best to be safe.
If you click on this photo you can see one large section being lowered to the ground.
Click on the photo here and you can see Andy ducking just after he cut another large section! He was fast!
Here's a short video I made of an exciting piece coming down! The noise you hear is from the chipper they had running in the alley as well as the engine for the cherry picker. I pretty much stayed in front of the window all day - I was somehow fascinated by this process!
I was really afraid they were going to destroy our new fence here, but they were always in control!
Not long now!
This is what the alley looked like to the left....
...and to the right!
Finally, the last limb comes down! This was around 2:30pm - not bad for having started around 9:30am!
Today this will all be gone, and so will our days of the dreaded Ailanthus tree!