Saturday, 14 August 2010

Going, going, gone...... well one anyway!!

This is a follow up to my last post see here.


My neighbour arrives with tractor and chain. First we try the plum tree stump.
Bit of wheel spin this way!
Change of direction required
Hmmmmm not too much movement yet
Aha - going..........
Nope, another change of direction
back to the original postion and going, going........
Gone
The chain saw finishes the job off
Well almost - the roots that remain are still above ground  level, so I will have to  do some more cutting back, before I can level off the area with soil and sow grass seed
As for the fir stump, it simply would not move, so further thought is required herel!!

The garden looks so much bigger with the removal of the two trees and it really was necessary. 

33 comments:

  1. I'm spending this morning enjoying your posts. The yard has so much room now the fir tree is gone. You have such lovely neighbours! I hope you have one day just to relax this weekend. You are certainly working hard Diane! Have a great weekend...
    Susan :)

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  2. Success well 95% by the looks of it!

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  3. Thanks Susan. Today is quieter as the weather is not very nice! There are many jobs I can do in the house but I have to say I am taking it easier today. You have a good weekend also. Diane

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  4. Lindy, yes success, almost, with the plum tree but sadly not the fir. Diane

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  5. Two trees gone will certainly change the yard look.

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  6. Your right Gaelyn and I think for the better. It is just the clearing up and the fir stump....... Diane

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  7. Maybe you'll have to dig down a bit around the fir tree stump, and then give the tractor another go. Otherwise I believe you can buy a root killing chemical compound. Good luck!

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  8. Jan we have already cut it to ground level, the tractor now has no chance! I will drill holes in it, and pour in tree killer if I can't find some one with a digger. We did a tree in this way in S.Africa and it was very effective but it takes time. I am a very impatient person and I want everything done yesterday:-)Diane

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  9. I was going to suggest what Jan suggested but if you've already cut it down to ground-level ... mmmm ...

    ... perhaps if you dig around it and cut some of the main roots with an axe then see if you can get a grip on it with the tractor again?

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  10. How fortunate you are to have such helpful neighbors. I'm sure someone will come up with a way to rid your property of the fir stump. Here they use a boring tool to get rid of stumps. It is funny how different things can be from one geographical region to another. Here fir trees are so shallow rooted, we keep our fingers crossed that they don't come down in high winds.

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  11. I think my first comment was lost in space. You are so fortunate to have such helpful neighbors. I'm sure you'll find a way to rid the property of that stump. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  12. What a week! Fingers crossed for a glorious quince harvest next year, and a much happier quince tree in this one. I hope you sat down and celebrated the week's hard work with a glass or two of something pleasant and/or maybe a happy soak in a scented bath - so very much and well earned, dear Diane.

    Sending huggles from me and almost silent sleeping from Zebbycat(i.e low level snoring), xxx Michelle

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  13. Graham there was absolutely no movement on the fir at all, and space to get to it is limited. I think it will be a case of killing it off and letting it rot away. I will have a look at the roots, but I removed the plum tree roots tonight with a band saw so the right arm is out of action for a while:-) Diane

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  14. Mary both comments made it.... If only I had a boring tool, or if someone around here had a digger but...... We will get there in the end even if it takes time, I just have to learn to control myself as the job cannot be done yesterday:-) Have a good weekend. Diane

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  15. Michelle, no chance of a soak in a bath I am afraid, we have two shower rooms only here. I did have a beer this evening when I came in (from more work!) and I think now I am going to have a small cognac:-)
    Kisses to Zebby hope the snoring does not keep you awake! Cheers, Diane

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  16. just catching up on some reading now and i am astounded by what a lovely group of neighbors and friends you have: although i'm sure you are an equally good neighbor with all the produce you are giving away! i am very jealous of your plums and beans!

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  17. Some times a little less seems a lot more. Less crowded trees - more space to enjoy what you have.

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  18. InnBrooklyn, I have fantastic neighbours and they are all French. We are the only English speaking family in our hamlet. If only my French was better........

    Plums, beans, cucumbers, pumpkins, chard, tomatoes, peppers, chillies. potatoes, aubergines, melons......... The figs will be ready soon and the hazel nuts are now starting to drop.

    I wish I could share with all my blogger friends:-) Diane

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  19. You are right Mya, it looks better already and we still have plenty of big trees. Diane

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  20. What a great neighbor to help you out and I'm sure the space makes a big difference! I'm wonderful if you have a fireplace and if this would make great fire wood.

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  21. Pam yes we have a wood burner, so all the wood will go to good use when it is cold. Diane

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  22. Wow, I love the way you presented your post in a series.

    By the way, the string mushroom is called Inoki or Enoki.

    Have a nice week ahead of you!

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  23. Lani I have just found a picture of string mushrooms, I have never seen them before! Have a good day. Diane

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  24. The boys and their toys are certainly handy! I can see that you neighbor was enjoying his endeavours as much as my gents would have!

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  25. With some of these trees it is better to dig a hole cut it as low as one can and just bury it. :)

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  26. You are right Marjie. I am sure he was having fun! Diane

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  27. Joan one small problem with that, we have a very pretty shrub which we want to put in where the fir tree was:-) Diane

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  28. I wish we had neighbors like that they only cut my tree down and through it into our yard that's ok then I use it for the Braai :) I started this weekend in my Garden starting with a new creepy crawly that gave up over winter :))

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  29. Well, now you have a bigger garden and lots of wood for the winter! Two for the price of one :-)

    C x

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  30. Hi Philip, We have one difficult neighbour, always has to be one! Nobody in the hamlet can stand him, he is a miserable lonely old man all of his own doing!!
    We decided no more swimming pools, too much hassle and it never had much use anyway. Therefore no more creepy crawlies:) Diane

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  31. Yep Carol the garden certainly looks bigger. We do need to plant something where the fir has come out though. It is a spot that needs something, but not the spikey, untidy plant that was there Diane

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  32. One stump down, one to go.

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  33. You are right Pam, but sadly the one left is the difficult one:( Diane

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