Kevin the Tree Killer

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.

In the Beginning

In the Beginning

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!

After Branch #1

After Branch #1

After Branch #2

After Branch #2

After Branch #3

After Branch #3

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):

Kevin's Serious Face

Kevin’s Serious Face

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:

Standing on our porch

Standing on our porch

Looking at the Little House

Looking at the Little House

 

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:

In the Beginning

Before

After

After

 

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?

6 comments

  1. Rebecca W says:

    I love how open it looks without the tree. Definitely wouldn’t plant another. Some bushes would like nice there to fill out the area while still leaving it open and airy.

  2. Molly says:

    We used a shovel, a trowel, an axe and a 8′ long 2×4 to get our stump out of the ground.

    The dogwood got killed off by the winter. It took ~2-3 hours for a free that used to be 15-20 feet tall.

    Once you dig out enough to get the 2×4 under the roots, and cut off enough roots with the axe it isn’t terrible to extract.

  3. Jenn | Near and Far Montana says:

    I’m with Ashly, hydrangeas would be gorgeous in that spot to fill in under the windows, but still give you a ton of light.

    Nice work Kevin! Our dogs do chew on wood, like weirdos, but it might take us awhile to get there from Montana.

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