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…