The focus this week was on having trees cut. Our large ash trees that shade the back yard were damaged in the big freeze last February. The advice from people we trust was to leave them and see what would recover. Unlike many of our neighbors, we lived with the dead branches cluttering the view. Others had the trees removed right away, causing a shortage of tree services, and as happens with supply and demand, the price went up and anyone charging a reasonable rate was booked solid. By the heat of August, it was pretty clear how much was not coming back. We're about to have the fences replaced and we realized we didn't want anyone pulling limbs through our new gate, at least for a while. We decided to text the tree guy. Sent him pictures of the damage, explained what we wanted in a few words including the species. He replied on vacation two weeks. We patiently waited. He got back from vacation and replied he didn't do that kind of work anymore. As annoying as it was that he left us hanging for two weeks, I get that. He's a one man operation; he cuts and his wife picks up and piles. This was a big job, so we called our second choice. They sent a guy to do an estimate and a week later, he had a crew in our trees, taking care of business. This tree was about 70% dead. It had always been "scrawny", squeezed between two other trees, and it didn't make it.
My only frustration was that the man that gave us the estimate was not very firm on the date they'd be here and I thought they were coming this Thursday, 09/23. That would have given me two weekends to get everything up out of the yard that they might damage. I got about half done Saturday before last, but thought I had another week. He called Wednesday night during dinner to let me know he'd be at our house on 09/16. I got up that morning, did my yoga and my walk and then I was in the back yard. Sprayed up with bug repellant, I got started and using the dolly and a tall ladder, I got everything moved out to the edges of the yard, clumping stuff together so there were fewer places in the yard that I needed them to be careful in. And, they were very careful. They poked a small hole in the greenhouse roof. We'll be patching that with shipping tape for a little while. And, they flattened a chrysanthemum. I knew going into it that Chrysanthemum would be damaged, it was tooooo in the way. But, I've tied it up and and we will see. It'll still be there next year.