Late into the night, I was working on taking all of the tree and bush trimmings from the thicket that we generated when we thinned out the front yard, and lining them up into neat little piles along the driveway:
… under the watchful eye of the supervisor.
All in preparation for some unseen, potentially ethereal, tree removal elves to come through and remove the thickest and most dangerous (to remove) parts of the hoard’s backyard. Here’s a matched before and after:
In all, four trees were taken down from this side of the yard and chipped up, including the crab apple I took down earlier. Most importantly, the large dead tree rubbing up against the house, and most visibly, the very large locust tree in the back right corner (the one blocking most of the sky back there) and a few scrub trees between.
What’s the damage?
I of course had to inspect any damage done to the roof by the gigantic tree rubbing against it for the past decade.
From this angle, it doesn’t look quite so bad. The drip edge underneath the shingles has been crimped, and probably should be replaced (though we might could just straighten it out). The end of the decorative corbel seems to be in good shape, other than the paint being rubbed off from there and the rake board. The rest of the roof seems to be more or less solid…. wait a second…
I did also take a chance to check out the chimney from the outside, which is completely see-through. Poor drainage causing water along the outside of the brickwork just washed the bricks out.
It’s seeming more and more likely that the chimney could disappear completely, though I’m glad to give it the old college try.
What happened to the trees?
What, you think we got rid of them? Why throw away a good building material, especially when there is SO MUCH OF IT!?
The mulch is destined to kill all of those pesky plants in the backyard, and also will ensure that no poison ivy comes back in the front.