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Log Removal

You may remember that after bucking up the rest of the two huge trees that we cut down, we were left with a massive stump.  The stump was huge – too big to cut with our chainsaws, and, conveniently, lying right where we wanted to put in our new garden fence.


Our neighbor Stan brought his cat by and hauled the log up onto a flat area, where it was safer to make cuts (it was lying on a steep hill; the wrong move and it could have rolled down into the road, or, worse, on top of someone).  With the log in a safe, flat place, John came up with a borrowed chainsaw long enough to do a little more damage, and by making cuts through on both sides, was able to start taking off massive rounds.


Teamwork – one runs the chainsaw while the other drives wedges and uses the pry bar to pull the logs apart.


The reason this log was so huge was that it was actually a split stump – two full sized treees growing out of a single stump.  There’s a huge gap in the middle, full of pitch, and in the photo above you can see the separate trunks on either side.  When they cut into the gap, pitch ran out like maple syrup!

Teamwork, borrowed tools, and great neighbors… all it takes to move a two-ton log out of your garden.  Well, that and a sunny day.

Firewood Forever

Remember those huge trees we cut down?  Well, we had to put the resulting firewood somewhere, and it was a LOT of firewood.

20130224-184615.jpgA mountain of firewood, stacked in the barn to keep dry until it can be split and stacked this summer.

20130224-184623.jpgThe goats don’t mind having a new climbing gym just for them.


When we moved in last year, one thing was high on the list to get done, and that was taking steps to knock down the four very large fir trees on the east side of the house.  As much as we hate to take down any trees, these were not the healthiest trees on our property, and they were very, very close to our house.  Already, in strong wind storms, we’ve had some pretty significant branches hit the ground, but luckily not the house…. yet.


This spring, the need to drop the trees became a conflict with another high priority task: a permanent garden fence.  We wanted to get the garden fence up before the seeds went in, but the best direction to fell the trees was…. right on top of the garden.  So, time to call the arborist!


Because of the risk of a wayward tree hitting the house, falling into the road, or taking out an electric pole, we hired professionals to take the trees down for us.  With the right tools and expertise, the trees came down exactly as planned: smack on top of our garden!  So that left us with the next step:  Operation Find the Garden.


With the help of lots of friends, we worked several weekends in January and February to cut the tree up into firewood, and haul massive amounts of fir branches across the road to the Neutral Zone for stockpiling – summer forage for the goats.


End result:  an ALMOST clear garden plot.  The stump you can see in the distance remains: it’s a split stump, and at the conjoined base, the log is too thick for our chainsaws to cut through.  So it remains, awaiting additional tools.


Next step: sheet mulching the new half of the garden, and putting up the new fence.  We’ll have a garden soon…

Yard Work

I spent last week in Austin, TX, for work, so not a lot of progress was made on the property. But, I was home for the weekend, and before I got horribly, miserably sick on Saturday night, Dad came up and we made a small dent in the Neutral Zone scotch broom infestation.

A few hours work and a few nice piles of uprooted scotch broom!

This tree was dead – so dead that when I pulled blackberry vines from it’s upper branches, the entire trunk started to sway! The two of us were able to just push the tree down on it’s own. Hello, firewood!

We took a break and took a walk, exploring the boundaries of the property beyond the road to the west. Here’s a different view of the land, from the hill by the road on the west side.



We had some help from my unsuspecting parents today, and managed to get almost 1/3 of a cord of wood cut and stacked today! All of his was windfall from the winter storm we had in January. Thanks, storm!

Some of the branches that fell from our trees during the storm.

Chopping up the windfall branches – kids, this was done by a professional, never cut logs while they’re laying on the ground!

The complete pile, stacked in the woodshed for next winter!