One of the projects for this year is to get as many of the little unwanted trees taken care as we possibly can on the house lot. At this point, most of these are relatively ‘little’ ash trees. While ash trees can be spectacular, they can also grow into whip like forty to sixty foot tall spindles. The problem with those, aside from taking up space without any visual benefit, is that they are the most prone to the diseases and insects that are knocking out so many ashes. A dead chunk of ash falling from forty feet up is Not desirable.

We’d have dealt with them a long time ago. But, I know what I can’t do. And I can’t do precision felling. Nor am I willing to try to cut anything over the four inch rule. So they have stayed where they are.

But sometimes even precision isn’t possible. One ash tree that I have finally gotten sufficiently tired of isn’t that Big (around fifty feet). But there is nowhere to put it. Thankfully, a bucket truck can reach it from the road.  It really should have been gotten rid of years ago:


For scale the wall is about three feet high.


It is in the center back of the picture, you can see that despite that problem with the trunk it is developing a decent crown and is remarkably healthy. That actually makes it a more pressing concern: at some point the weight of that crown will snap the trunk at that point. The only place it wants to go is straight towards the camera. It could be slightly shifted to the left, but even that would cause major damage to the Star Magnolia, the middle shrub in the back rank of shrubs.

Hopefully, we can get it out and I can fill the hole with something more appropriate for the space.

Trees will fall over and they will bash things. But there is no reason to set up for trouble.