|Tickling the telephone wires|
I had procrastinated long enough and as the neighbours had moved their car, the footpath and road was clear enough for me to fell the tree. Now it wasn't that big, having a trunk around 15cm in diameter, so it was purely a handsaw job and I do have strong views about not using chainsaws unless you're properly trained and have the correct protective equipment. Despite having managed an arboricultural team for many years, I have to admit I've never learned to properly use a chainsaw. If you can't do the job, become a manager - yes I know!
|It takes an hour to plant a tree, years to grow and moments to fell it!|
Anyway, I made the appropriate sink cut, and then sawed my way through the trunk of the tree just above this and neatly dropped it, across the pavement and into the road. All that gym training finally of some use! Despite the luxurious growth in the bed it was inhabiting, I managed to avoid damaging no more than a couple of stems of my Euphorbia mellifera. It was a textbook job even if it was a tiddler of a tree. The next job was to tidy up and to my delight the tree cut up quite easily and didn't even fill the back of my small Yaris. A very fragrant trip to the recycling centre followed during which the concentrated smell of the eucalyptus, thoroughly cleared my sinuses. (Maybe I should do this more often!) no queue at the tip - straight in and out.
And so the job as I'd been putting off for months, was completed, tidied up and rubbish disposed of in less than an hour. Why did I make such a fuss about it? I shall leave removal of the stump until next spring, when there will be less lush growth around it and I can actually delve my way in and take it out. I fear this may take longer than actually felling the tree itself. Earlier in the summer I planted a Cercis 'Hearts of Gold' in the front garden which I now see is in the wrong place, so I think when the eucalyptus stump has gone, this will be the tree to put in its place. Small, nicely defined shape and a 'Heart(s) of Gold' - just like me!