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Monday, November 22, 2021


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Ouch! It's just devastating when a tree needs to come down. But I saw those conks -- it was a goner. I've always wondered what happens to the lumber. Maple, for instance is a desirable furniture-making wood. Any insight? It would be nice if some good came from the loss of such a beautiful tree. I'll bet dollars to doughnuts you're already hatching plans for that area! As always, a visit to your garden is a treat.

Linda Brazill

ELIZABETH — That photo of the conks is a couple of years old. Many more and falling branches in the last year or so. Good question about the wood. I am going to ask next time they do work here. We've been getting an arborist to monitor the trees on a regular basis.

Barbara H.

The Jaws of Death with the saw - what a good, safe setup for taking down big old trees in pieces. I had a huge pecan taken out that was right next to my bedroom and it was just a man and his saw - kind of scary, at least for me watching! They had a rope to help it fall in the right direction once the upper branches were gone. It's sad but such a relief when a big but somewhat threatening tree is removed - or at least it was to me with the pecan.

Kris P

Even when planned, the removal of a large tree is painful. Your removal involved a lot more machinery than our Eucalyptus did - such machinery would have been impossible here given the terrain and the tree's placement within our garden. What can be done with technology like that used in your removal is very impressive.


Wow, I haven't seen that "jaws of death" equipment around here, and sadly have seen a lot of big trees taken down for both the right and the wrong reasons. In a mid August windstorm we had a 125 year old tulip poplar fall, very fortunately its length went down the street rather than on one of the many houses it could have crushed. The city arborist said it was a freak even since the tree and root system were completely healthy. Much better to have a planned removal like this than a great crash! We are still waiting for the city to remove the final 15 feet of trunk, stump and roots but at least they cleared the road expeditiously.

It will be interesting to see what you do with the newly opened space!


Linda Brazill

KRIS P. — They were able to use that equipment because the tree was so close to the street. We have a big tree on the lot line in the back that will come down with climbers and ropes. That's how most of the work in the garden has been done. For the same reason as you, equipment can't get in the back.

Linda Brazill

CECI — I was getting worried a big branch or the tree itself might fall on cars going by since it was next to the street. That's amazing you had a big tree fall so perfectly placed.

danger garden

Wow! The "jaws of death" look like a great way to get work like that done. So smart to do it now so the plants will be reacting to their new sunny reality in the spring.


That was fascinating! What amazing equipment has been developed. Thanks to Mark for documenting and you for sharing.

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