It Had To Be Done

We hired a couple fellas to cut down a dead tree in our backyard the other day.

It wasn’t the most fun home improvement money we’ve ever spent, but apparently home owners insurance doesn’t cover damage caused by dead trees, so it had to be done.

I didn’t want to be all up in their Kool-aid when they first started working, so I snapped this picture of them (tying a rope to the tree) through my home office window…

I know. I was thinking the same thing.

Why is dead tree removal guy #1 not holding the ladder for dead tree removal guy #2?!

I could barely watch. Especially when #2 shifted the ladder to the left and right while he was up there working. So freaky!

But, like a tree-climbin’ champ, 2 made it back down safe and sound, and proceeded to cut a “break” into the bottom of the tree…

…and then 1 and 2 went deep into the woods and pulled that sucker down by hand. Going…



They say that the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, and the 2nd best time to plant one is today.

Time to find my shovel.

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  1. Ashli says

    I am considering writing a book called 100 UN-FUN ways to spend your money.
    This year we added to our list: new roof due to hail damage ($11,000), new gutters $1,000 (not a bit of fun in that one), termite treatment $800.(made me want to hurl, twice), Cobra health insurance for two months ($2,600), ER visit ($1,300), and garage door spring replacement ($300). All in the last four months. Not the best start to 2012.
    Gotta be a better ending…

  2. Pamela says

    $300 is nothing. We paid $1900 to have a double trunk (with half downed by winds) removed and the stump ground. Please tell me you had the foresight to have some of the trunk cut into suitably sized pieces so you can make side tables or stools.

  3. KJ says

    Not fun to spend, but it’s great (and responsible!) that you had it done. You don’t just have to worry about a dead tree falling on your home. They can also fall and hurt or even kill people.

    “When a 75-foot oak tree snapped and fell, crippling a jogger named Greg Abbott in July 1984, he did what most Texans would do: He sued the owner of the tree. A few months later, Abbott’s attorney also sued the tree-trimming company that had worked on the giant oak, and within a year, the homeowner, the tree company, their insurance companies and Abbott had agreed to an out-of-court settlement that would pay Abbott’s current and future medical bills and compensate him for mental anguish and for some of the income he lost because of the accident.”

  4. Sherrie says

    You chose well when you chose Bill Straughn to do your trees. He does a great job and is a very good man.

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