Saturday, August 25, 2012

The Tree Saga

A few weeks ago, a storm split our old oak tree.

This was the first step to remove the downed limbs.  We did what we could, but it was too dangerous to finish the job.

That dangling limb was heavy.  Every time a limb lying on the ground was cut, it tore more of the trunk of the tree.

Time for a professional.  We hired Joseph, a certified Arborist.  

He climbed up to inspect the damage and to give us a prognosis.  Our big concern: Has the damage weakened the tree to the extent that the whole thing has to come down?  Is the tree dying?

He cleaned up the split, sawed the dangling limb off and gave us his expert advice:  The tree remains strong.  It will survive and live for a long time.  It would take a tornado to topple the tree.  
Whew!  What a relief!

Now, it's our turn again to clean up.  The leaves go into the compost bin.

Larger limbs get chopped up.

All this beautiful wood.  I hate to just burn it, so... 

... the larger limbs were put to good use, lining the new garden bed.  

I love this look.  

Have a great weekend,


  1. glad the tree will be saved! the photos of him dangling in the harness with the chainsaw just make me cringe!

  2. Love the way you used the tree limbs to as a border to your garden beds! Great idea.

  3. I am glad your tree is still going strong, Bernadine. And you sure made good use on the scraps....Christine

  4. Excellent photos, very interesting. I know what you mean about hating to burn it, but on the other hand, I will just rot away if left uncovered on the ground. I figure it's a blessing to have it to use.