Re: [gardeners] Trees

George Shirley (
Sat, 14 Oct 2000 08:27:23 -0500

Yes, just 50 minutes and it was totally dark when they finished. I turned on the
floods so they could sweep up any debris and see to load their equipment.
Damnest thing I ever saw. The owner is due back today to look around and made
sure he did everything he contracted for.

I didn't have the stumps ground may be the reason it went so quickly. Instead I
have two six foot tall tree stumps back there that I'm getting ready to carve on
with a chain saw. May end up cutting them completely down but at the moment I
envision a large garden gnome and possibly a totem pole.

I don't think Terry travels very far from home. There are so many old and
damaged trees in this town he does most of his work here. My two trees made
eight he's taken out on this block alone this year. Mine weren't hollow but most


penny x stamm wrote:
> .
> George, in 50 minutes they did all that...???
> Could you place a call to the owner for me please, to ask
> if they would care to come on up to New York, all expenses
> paid...?  I'll throw in a ball game and a visit to the Empire State
> building, plus a daytime cruise around Manhattan island with
> its 19 bridges and tunnels, if they like.
> Penny, NY
> On Fri, 13 Oct 2000 23:10:28 -0500 George Shirley
> <> writes:
> >The tree cutters came today about 6:45 pm and left at 7:35 pm. In that
> >short
> >time they took two large oak trees, 24 inches at the point of the last
> >cut, out,
> >and trimmed two 16 inch limbs off the tree that we saved.
> >
> >It was amazing to watch 5 men, two trucks, a portable crane, and a
> >wood chipper
> >do all that work that fast. the chipper took limbs and trunks up to 13
> >inches
> >and diameter and chipped them into small pieces. Three men worked on
> >the ground
> >trimming and chipping, one ran the crane, and one was up in the trees.
> >It was
> >worth the money just to watch a well-oiled machine run. these guys did
> >their job
> >without harming any of our shrubbery, young trees, or flowers planted
> >in the
> >area. I intend to recommend them to any and all neighbors who need
> >trees taken
> >out.
> >
> >the arborist who owns the outfit told me the two that had to be
> >removed were
> >water oaks, a notoriously weak tree in the area, and that the big one
> >we saved
> >by taking out two badly damaged large limbs was a cherry-bark oak. To
> >me an oak
> >is an oak. Now my sapling sassafras tree has room to grow.
> >
> >The main thing we have now is peace of mind. Two large trees that were
> >dying and
> >had large limbs overhanging our home are gone. We mourn the loss of
> >any tree but
> >these, unfortunately, had to go. Mother Nature had damaged them so
> >badly three
> >and a half years ago that they were slowly dying. they provided no
> >shade for our
> >home but they provide oxygen for us to breath, made a home for
> >squirrels and
> >birds and provided something for the woodbine to twine upon. So long
> >old trees.
> >
> >They do have a useful afterlife though, the chips have gone to be
> >compost
> >starter in a hazardous chemical bioremediation site.
> >
> >George, up late for some reason
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