Monday, 26 May 2008

Chainsaw Sunday

When, on a Sunday morning, Husband says "shall we work in the garden today?" and it is dry, sunny and with just the correct amount of breeze, I don't say no! Together we can achieve three times as much as I can on our own.

Some of the largest trees to be felled were in the front corner.

We had already limbed most of one and a neighbour had taken part of another for his woodburner but we were still left with this, which doesn't look as big as it is, three trunks and lots of brush. We have been watching this tree for a while and had not seen any signs of nesting, so chainsaw at the ready.

The end result doesn't show how hard we worked. Husband hauled logs and at times rolled entire tree trunks so I could cut timber without it being under tension and pinching the blade. Running the chainsaw is hard work too, some of the cuts used the full length of the blade and the saw was pulling very hard away from me - very tired shoulders and upper back at the end of it.

I can claim no credit for the tidy log piles, they are all down to the hard-working Husband.

Sadly, we had got it wrong in respect of nests and, when we found three small Blackbird chicks it was too late to cover the nest with shrub and leave them. We moved the nest about 10 foot into the nearest cover - a large conifer and it was with HUGE relief that a few hours later we saw Mr Blackbird fly into the new nest site with food.

We also lifted the crown of this Acer which previously had struggled between two huge Leylandii.

Looks much better now and will be even happier when the Leylandii on its left comes down:-

This Acer got a trim as its lower branches made walking to the Secret Garden difficult. I thought this was a Sycamore before it came into leaf but fortunately it is not. Leaf identification currently implies it is Acer Saccharum - Sugar Maple. I didn't know that would grow in England, investigation as to exactly what it is will continue, home-grown Maple Syrup?

Another Acer received similar treatment, not sure which one this is but it is certainly much happier now it has space to grow.

We trimmed Cotoneaster branches that were hanging over the back fence and getting in the way of the lawn mowing contractors.

Finally the front hedge got a serious pruning. I did about a third of it some weeks back and the unpruned section had grown over the pavement so much we were in danger of a passerby being smacked in the face by out of control Escallonia.

"Pruning by chainsaw" revealed a large Hazel which might respond well to a serious bit of coppicing.

The Escallonia that was pruned previously has already put out a lot of new growth and allowing some light into the hedge base seems to have encouraged these ferns to emerge.

The End


  1. Crumbs, Bilbo, you must be fair dinkum cream crackered after that! It's great to have assistance with these big jobs though, it's amazing how much more two people can achieve than one alone.

  2. How many more trees are for the chop? You can't have many more Leylaii left!


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