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A job for the Tree Surgeon

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By amy

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You may remember the drainage problem caused by tree roots in our garden recently and all the work involved in repair work ,in light of that we decided it was time to look at other conifers in our garden before we had any other problems , we have or rather had several growing along the ditch edge not really a problem to us but at the same time we hadn’t noticed how much they had grown over the years also if one fell it could quite easily hit the roof of the bungalow on the other side of the ditch …

Before

Enter the Tree Surgeon


All this in the ditch to be cleared out


Plenty of wood for the woodburner


There’s still one more conifer to come down on another day after we have cleared enough room for him to get near enough to be safe ..

This is one tree I was keeping my eye on ,my lovely Liquid Amber ..

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Good thinking Amy! Great fuel for the winter burner! :)

17 Oct, 2012

 

more lite now Amy, do you get a nice smell from them in the burner? :o)

17 Oct, 2012

 

lovely log fire and all that extra light in the garden ~ great!

17 Oct, 2012

 

I think you have done the right thing,Amy..better not to chance it,in case..Will you have to grind all the roots too,
or will you put something to kill them ..? oops,I typed "someone" ..glad I saw it,before posting ! LOl

17 Oct, 2012

amy
Amy
 

I,m sure we have done the right thing and lots of nice wood as well , we haven't burnt conifer before San all woods have a different smell plus we allow it to dry out for a couple of years before burning , We have already noticed the difference in the light in that area Sticki and the ground was so under the trees dry , Sandra we will take a little more off the height of the stumps and perhaps use them to create fencing of some kind we need to put our thinking caps on , it's not been an easy year here !!

17 Oct, 2012

 

Always something to do isn't there Amy and it usually means cost! Still it has been done and those logs will burn beautifully. We have some very tall conifers in our garden too.............cannot think about those just now.

17 Oct, 2012

amy
Amy
 

Yes always something Grandmage the big problem is that the longer you live with something the more you are inclined to ignore it and the older you get to much work involved , big sigh !

17 Oct, 2012

 

what a difference that makes. A big improvement.

17 Oct, 2012

 

Amy I agree, we have been in our house 38+ years now and didnt think we would be here that long! Now things are getting us down, I know what you mean when you 'sigh' !

17 Oct, 2012

 

We have a tree that needs a little trim. It is casting a large shadow over the garden. We get no sun after 4.00pm. I don' t want it removed .....just trimmed but keeping its shape. It is still heavy with leaves so I will wait a few weeks.

17 Oct, 2012

 

The Tree Surgeon told me Conifer roots die off when cut down, so they wont grow again.

18 Oct, 2012

 

A job done well there! Don't wish to put a damper on your winter fuel stock - and I may be wrong - but .... knowledgeable older people in villages in this region won't use conifer wood on their fires as they say it creates a thick 'gunge' that starts to stick to the sides of their chimneys eventually blocking it or requiring the whole chimney to be cleaned on a reguilar basis. As I said - I may be wrong - hopefully somebody else may know different and may speak from experience ........?

18 Oct, 2012

 

I'm pleased the work is being done now, so that you don't have to worry about any more damage. I hope the remaining tree will be cut asap, and that all the wood will keep you warm through the winter :o))

18 Oct, 2012

amy
Amy
 

Thanks Sbg/ Hywel we will definitely see more sunshine in the morning , I know how you feel Linda taking a tree down is a loss in the garden . I believe you are right about that Diane that's what we were told to .
We have an electric log splitter Snoopy they will be split up as soon as possible and yes we have doors on the woodburner .. Nariz it's not the best of wood to burn we will leave it to dry for at least a couple of years and then mix it in with our other wood supply when it's time to burn it , we have the chimney professionally cleaned once a year , Fir-wood is mentioned on my wood burning poem as burning too fast and does not last I will include it on here it might be interesting for any one who hasn't seen it before ...

Beech-wood fires burn bright and clear
If the logs are kept a year;
Store your beech for Christmastide
With new-cut holly laid beside;
Chestnut's only good, they say,
If for years 'tis stored away;
Birch and fir-wood burn too fast
Blaze too bright and do not last;
Flames from larch will shoot up high,
Dangerously the sparks will fly;
But ash-wood green and ash-wood brown
Are fit for a Queen with a golden crown.

Oaken logs, if dry and old,
Keep away the winter's cold;
Poplar gives a bitter smoke,
Fills your eyes and makes you choke;
Elm-wood burns like churchyard mould,
E'en the very flames are cold;
It is by the Irish said;
Hawthorn bakes the sweetest bread,
Apple-wood will scent the room,
Pear-wood smells like flowers in bloom;
But ash-wood wet and ash-wood dry
A King may warm his slippers by.

18 Oct, 2012

 

Yes Amy, very interesting thank you, a great poem.

18 Oct, 2012

amy
Amy
 

Thanks Grandmage , the poem is interesting to look at if you have some wood you're not sure about , I like the sound of the scented apple and pear wood ........

18 Oct, 2012

 

As a boy scout, we were told the best woods for burning were apple and ash

18 Oct, 2012

 

Gosh, those were huge conifers Amy, thank goodness Tony didn't want to have a go at them! At Normanby Hall, they have some tall tree stumps that had been left and then carved, one's a totem pole, another a huge bird if I remember rightly......now that WOULD be a project for next year....Lol!
All the wood for your burner, we used to burn olive wood and pine in Spain, the pine was a bit green though, and that's when it tarred up the fire etc. We've some eucalyptus to have a go at this winter, should keep us warm and cold free....:o)) Lovely poem too.....

18 Oct, 2012

amy
Amy
 

I think they were probably right Andrew ...
I'll tell Tony that carving the stumps is on his winter agenda Janey LOL ... Olive wood is interesting did you grow your own olives ,I love olives ... :o)

18 Oct, 2012

 

Nariz is right. My son had a Rayburn. Used to burn wood on it. The chimney had to be rebuilt because it was all like treacle inside. Very expensive mistake.

19 Oct, 2012

amy
Amy
 

Our woodburner is designed for burning wood Diane I'm not sure that a rayburn is we had a rayburn when I was little at home and always burnt coke , that is worrying all the same I'll tell my OH .....

19 Oct, 2012

 

That's a brilliant poem, Amy, thanks :) Our open log fire is a great consolation on cold winter days, and I love the smell of burning wood . . . also enjoy throwing small branches of holly on as the crackle is like a mini firework!

19 Oct, 2012

 

Love the poem , Amy . Getting nicely folksy !
We've had several tall "shrubs " cut down this year , I'm still getting used to the spaces left by them .
We are having to negotiate to have some of our massive pine pruned as there is a preservation order on it .Lots of work needed to keep the garden from drowning in needles and cones , and the cones rain down on the greenhouse roof and regularly break the glass . Ugh !

19 Oct, 2012

 

"cones rain down on the greenhouse roof and regularly break the glass" - methinks "Health and Safety" might be the magic words to use?

19 Oct, 2012

 

Love the Poem Amy, really makes you feel that you know the Trees in the imeditate environment a little better. You will benefit from the additional light from the felling of the Conifers, even though its a little sad at first, Im pleased to see you are considering how to use the remaining trunks as some decorative feature in your garden too;0))

19 Oct, 2012

 

Hadn't thought of that one Anrewr , they do sometimes just miss us . Thanks for the idea .

20 Oct, 2012

 

Conifer roots disapear on their own. We got rid of 6 of them at the bottom of the garden soon after we moved in 25 years ago. We planted in between the stumps. Camellia and laburnum and a climbing rose. They grew well. The stumps just vanished over time. Now the laburnum is getting a bit out of hand after all the rain. The poem about wood burning is ingenious. We burned our wood on an open fire over time. A spark guard is essential, though, for fir wood as it spits a lot, and quite a distance.

21 Oct, 2012

 

Have not heard that poem for years, but oh so true. You have been busy in the garden, still think of all that wood for your stove, we will have the Robinia trunk soon to deal with, I fancied carving it, but, apparently it is very hard wood, so not sure whether to take it out or leave it in and grow something up it.

21 Oct, 2012

amy
Amy
 

I'm glad you liked the poem Sheila/ Driad thats a pain fir cones breaking your greenhouse glass , luckily our conifers are nowhere near the green house those pine needles are a nuisance they don't rot away like leaves , we had a preservation order on an old Oak tree but managed to get round it when the branches started falling off into the garden it's completely dead we have left a stump about 8ft tall for the birds it's hollow in places we hoped an owl would use it ! Thanks Carole we will be planning what to do when the area is cleared and the next tree is taken down ,
Dorjac we had another row of conifers at the rear of the garden when we moved here we cut every other one down leaving 3 trunks minus the foliage approx 10ft high I've grown some lovely clematis's up them but I can see they are dying off and that the day will come when my clems will have to be supported by some other means :o(
Angela what a great idea carving the trunk of your tree I've seen men carving and shaping tree trunks with chain saws at farm shows ," PLease don't try this at home is what they usually say " so be warned Lol ,we will be interested to know the outcome of your Robinia tree I like the idea of a climber growing up it .

23 Oct, 2012

 

You could always have a tree climbing clematis covering those trunks.

24 Oct, 2012

amy
Amy
 

We might do that 6p we have some climbing up some other tree stumps ...

24 Oct, 2012

 

That will be great shall look forward to seeing them if you do you could condsider the passion flower that grows well too

24 Oct, 2012

 

also plenty of wood for sculpting some garden ornaments ...

4 Nov, 2012

 

Love the poem Amy, glad you've had the work done before too much damage occurs. The sap has to dry out before burning otherwise it clogs up the wood burner and chimney. When we lived on the Isle of Wight we used to get the driftwood from the beach to take home and cut up and then we stored that for a year before burning it. It has to dry out well before usage.

6 Nov, 2012

amy
Amy
 

I'm glad you enjoyed reading the poem Linda , you were lucky being able to collect driftwood on the I of W , we often look for driftwood on our coast to use in the garden but hardly ever find any we have a couple of pieces approx 1ft long ,perhaps the locals beat us to it on their early morning walks !

6 Nov, 2012

 

WInter storms and driftwood went together Amy.

7 Nov, 2012

 

planting trees for firewood:
http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/en/planting-woodland/why-plant-trees/economic-benefits/Pages/firewood.aspx?gclid=CJ2eo4SNvbMCFUpb3godRiIAaA

confier wood for house fires?
http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070330082336AAF52Rh

trees: firewood guide
http://www.hyndburnbc.gov.uk/site/scripts/documents_info.php?documentID=467&pageNumber=3

http://www.fieldworksuk.com/firewood/woodburningguide.html

7 Nov, 2012

amy
Amy
 

Yes Linda perfect for collecting driftwood but we live almost 20 miles from our nearest coast by the time we arrive the driftwood has gone ,artist use it for making mirror frames and things like that they sell them for a horrendous price .
Thanks for that Fran ,you have been busy ! it was all very informative, I smiled when I reached the hyndburnbc.gov.uk site because that's who my Son works for :o)

7 Nov, 2012

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