When you live in a rural area there's not a lot entertainment, except for the weather. But our little bit of nature provided us with some entertainment this week. It was expensive entertainment, but it was entertainment.
See that very tall scraggly tree behind our house? It's a giant oak tree that's probably 150 years old or more. It's also dying and could easily fall on our house during a hurricane. A tree that big and heavy would drop straight through the house.
Here it is from the back porch. It's only about 20 feet from the back of the house and you can see that it's in bad shape. The vultures, hawks and eagles do love perching there though.
We also have this sickly sycamore right next to the house. It would fall either into our bathroom, the garage or on my car. It was time for both of them to go along with a smaller tree in the front yard that completely died this year. Through a combination of Angie's List and recommendations we picked Ernie's Tree Service in Montpelier.
Look what happened the day before they arrived! That was convenient. If you live in the Richmond area and need trees removed we highly recommend Ernie's Tree Service. They did a great job and were so nice while they were at it. They cleaned up everything, even a little pile of leaves in the driveway. Best of all, it was a lot of fun to watch.
They used the bucket truck on the sycamore. This guy was amazing. He could wield the chainsaw with one hand and drop the limbs with the other. Our TV dish is right under this tree and he didn't even come close to it. See that limb sticking out in the front? That's the one that would fall on my car.
The other 2 guys were feeding the parts into the chipper as fast as he could drop them.
Here's the top hanging down. I missed the rest of this one because I had to leave. But they were nice enough to take a break on this tree and cut down the oak so I could see it.
I video taped it. That tree just got dropped on the back. It's heavily wooded and sloped back there so it would cost a fortune to remove it with a crane over my house. Where they dropped it it can't be seen. But you can watch it fall.
That is what we call a fun day in the country!
Here are the after photos:
I think that the house looks much better without the sycamore.
This juniper is going to be thrilled to have the sycamore gone. Maybe it will now start growing straight.