The garage door died sometime between when I left for yoga this morning and when I got back.
At first I thought that maybe
There is (was, now) a crab-apple tree on the left side of the porch as you stand in the street and face the house. It isn’t there anymore.
For the past couple of years it has been looking increasingly wan and sickly. There are other crab-apple trees in the neighborhood, all of them approximately the same age as ours, and they all looked pretty sickly as well. So John and I concluded that the tree was probably starting to near the end of its natural life, and that we ought to deal with it before it turned from a small annoyance (sick tree) to a big problem (dead tree overhanging our porch).
Apparently if you are going to remove a tree, it is best to do so in the late summer/early fall.
Before we left for vacation, John “ringed” the tree (took an ax and cut a circle around the trunk near the base) to start to kill it and make it easier to deal with later.
A couple of days after we got back, he took a shovel and the ax and severed all of the roots that he could find.
Then last weekend we rented a chainsaw and a big truck from Home Depot, cut all of the branches off, yanked the stump out of the ground (which was a huge undertaking), piled the remains in the truck bed (it took three trips) and hauled it all off to the dump.
They weigh you coming and going when you take stuff to the dump here, so that they know how much to charge you. According to the receipts, we deposited over 1700 pounds worth of crab-apple tree in the brush and yard waste section of the dump.
That’s a lot of tree. That’s not even counting the roots which we were not able to get out of the ground.
Come spring, we will probably plant a dogwood tree in the newly empty space, and then re-do the surrounding flower beds.