Living with trees

It is common practice that when tree loppers are working at one property they will visit others nearby to see if they can get more work. This afternoon while I was doing a little weeding, Pauline from a team working at the other end of the street came up the drive to say that they would be taking down the tree next door and to find out if I had any trees needing some attention, which I did, more on that later.

I was not surprised that the big lemon scented gum was to go, it is a lovely tree but very close to the house.  It was planted when the Merchant Builders house was new, about 35 years ago and there had been some damage when it dropped a limb not long ago. Sadly I watched as first the lower branches went, then the top, and finally the trunk, until it was just a stump. A grinder took that away too.

I have a bay tree that flourishes despite the rocky ground and lack of special nurturing. I cut all the stems back hard to keep it in check, but have neglected to do this for too many years and the branches had grown way past roof height. It proved to be a small job for a skilled chainsaw operator. Hopefully it won’t be too long before all these stubs are sprouting. As they are all cut at the same height it should be an interestingly shaped tree once more. An added bonus is a possum pathway from roof to ground is now gone.


Second task was to take three small branches off a eucalyptus as these were also overhanging the roof. The ivy clad tree behind is on the next property, hopefully this will be cleaned up soon.


On to the most difficult job, to take the dying top of a tree without damaging the weeping wattle Acacia vestita below or the lilly pilly behind.

Every branch section was carefully lowered on a rope, then the trunk sections dropped carefully to the base.


No damage done to the nearby plants even though one is very close. This tree has lost its top before and regrown successfully, so maybe it will again. If not it could become a support for something interesting.


The useful ropes are kept neat by looping them into a chain.


2 responses to “Living with trees

  1. We had a Lemon Scented gum and a Tassie Blue gum removed, both over 100 feet high, I was terrified high winds would topple them on to houses. They were beautiful tress.

  2. Sad that the lemon-scented gum had to go. But there are a lot of tall trees that should never be planted right beside houses.

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