When you need some help

I’m proud to say we have only needed to enlist professional assistance with a single endeavor.  Absolutely everything else we have done in the yard has been by us!

But when it came to removing around a dozen trees that were right next to the house (and our freshly installed solar system) I didn’t trust my tree felling capabilities to keep the limbs off the house….or worse!  Enter Barrett’s Tree Service.

Barrett's Tree Service at work
Barrett’s Tree Service at work
The smaller trees next to the house
The smaller trees next to the house
A mixture of ash and poplar 20 feet from the living room and around 100 feet tall
A mixture of ash and poplar 20 feet from the living room and around 100 feet tall

Like I said, there were around a dozen trees aiming for the house in the next storm and these images show 5 of them.

Barrett’s showed up around 8 AM and had all the trees down before 3 PM.  I asked them to just cut the trees down and leave the pieces for me to clean up.  Guesstimates are around a truck load of wood chips (the typical truck that delivers mulch from a garden center) and 5 cords of wood that we got out of these trees.  It has been over a year since they were dropped and, admittedly, the remainder of two cherries along with a few bits of a think ash are left for converting to fire wood.  Most of it was donated to needy families.  The rest was given to friends.  Now that we have a lumber mill and working on adding a wood stove we’ll use future wood for things around the house.

The wooded area most-immediately-next to the house has become a fruit tree garden and the area where the ash trees were is now a trail for accessing the backyard.

Some of the mess after the tree dropping
Some of the mess after the tree dropping
Some of the firewood logs ready to be split
Some of the firewood logs ready to be split
The same area a year later
The same area a year later

Three apple trees, a peach tree, and cherry tree now live in the cleared space closest to the garage.  We decided to go with fruit trees to have something to eat while also not needing to worry about them growing to a threatening height.  In fact, all the trees we’ve planted by the house (about as many as we’ve taken down) are various species that shouldn’t grow to heights more than 20 feet.

Than you Barrett’s for taking care of things and also teaching me a few things about arborist work.  I have been using your people’s throw line methods to assist my own work.