Last Friday was like a 3-ring circus at the Frog & PenguINN with several events happening at the same time. Grenville was battling a backed-up toilet, the furnace was being serviced, and the pecan tree in the front yard was being taken down.
As for the outcomes, the furnace was serviced, the tree removed, but the bathroom problems need more help despite Grenville’s earlier optimism about success. This week we’re exercising and using the shower facilities at the local “Y” until a plumber comes on Thursday, which was the earliest time available. Seems we’re not the only folks with plumbing issues.
The pecan tree pictured above was in the front yard next to a larger one removed last fall. It’s lopsided because it was shaded by the larger tree. That tree was taken down after the tree service (same one) we called to trim dead limbs advised us that a spot in the lower trunk could split in cold weather. During Hurricane Irene this past August, the pecan tree branches swayed very close to the F&P; one snapped, but did not come down. Pecan trees are notoriously brittle when high winds come around as witnessed by the large amount of branches that fell from our neighbor’s tree during Irene.
So we opted to remove the pecan tree this year. And like with the previous tree removal, we had the chips dumped in the back yard. Last year’s chips were used in the windflower
The tree service guys came around 10 a.m. and started to work despite overcast skies and a slight rainfall. Working in a bucket, one technician cut the branches away.
A couple of other tree guys dragged and loaded them into the chipper.
Last piece to go down was the tree trunk and these guys handled it quickly and professionally.
The stump was ground down as well.
And the chips went here . . . lots of mulch.
Sometimes things happen at once – thankfully not always.