When we moved home just shy of three years ago we upgraded to a bigger garden and suddenly we had trees to think about! Only 6 mind, but still with that new figure came other gardening maintenance considerations we hadn’t thought about before. Our last garden would have struggled to squeeze a solitary tree into it!
We were quite concerned about the roots of one particular tree breaking up the tarmac, as you can see in this picture!
Luckily my dad called in a favour and a tree surgeon son of someone he knew kindly had a look over each of our trees just to make sure they are behaving themselves. Not bad for a bottle of wine as a thank you for his services. It can be expensive hiring someone in, but they do have the knowledge and expertise to make it worthwhile. I think its best to get someone to have a look over things before you take matters into your own hand! DIY shouldn’t extend to wielding a chainsaw without proper training!!!
I think my dad is quite eager for one to come down because his eyes are glossing over thinking free firewood! But seeing as the trees got the all clear for now, he will have to wait a little longer.
I would hate to get rid of a tree unless it was a safety concern because I know wildlife rely on them so I did breathe a sigh of relief that they could remain as they were. We have a family of wood pigeons nesting in one. Yes they can be noisy little blighters at times but that is their home. It was their home before mine, so as a courtesy to them and the other little birds we have dotted about the trees are hopefully here to stay. The boys are quite attached to the trees too and have made a little bird house. Our garden is left to its own devices as much as possible, we don't have particularly green fingers...
We could do with tidying up a few of the branches though because the wind has really battered this area. For that job I would probably get hubbie on the case, but I would make sure he was properly attired with a chainsaw helmet and the trousers, jacket and gloves just to be on the safe side. The right work wear can make all the difference in doing the job well and protect you against some of the hazards of tree maintenance.
As for the broken tarmac one day I want it gone anyway and replaced with a lawn so perhaps the tree is doing us a favour gradually lifting the tarmac to save us a job.