Last year in the Winter Wonderland post, we showed you how beautiful the Little House is with a 1/2″ of ice. What we didn’t show was later that day when part of the tree by the front porch decided it didn’t like the ice as much as we enjoyed the day off work. Unfortunately, it left a gap in the front where greenery should have been. That tree next to the front porch looks a little off, doesn’t it? Trust us, in real life, it looks pretty bad.
So, we decided the tree had to go. Plus, we recently got a chainsaw that we’ve never used before and were excited to give it a go. The tree had three tall remaining sprouts that had to be cut off. The entire project took about an hour and was super easy…but we haven’t dug up the stump yet!
I cut the third branch down by hand to feel manly (as if using a chainsaw wasn’t enough). This is my serious tree murdering face (#selfie):
Fortunately, in Dallas the city comes around once a month and hauls off branches and bulk trash for free! Well, I guess we pay it in our property taxes, but it feels free. Here was the pile:
This opened up the Little House to so much more light! We were planning on planting another tree, but now we may just put in a couple hydrangeas and call it a day. Here are the before and after photos to compare:
Would you plant another tree in its place? Do you think grass will grow by where the tree was now that it’s gone? Did you know it is NOT wise to run a chainsaw without oil (I knew I forgot something my Dad told me!)? Alternatively, we could have used a woodchuck/beaver-like animal for this. If you have a pet that eats wood, can we borrow it for the stump?