They Trimmed the Palms!

I had one of the neighbor's Eucalyptus globulus trimmed back to the property line.  I talked with the neighbors first.  They were agreeable with the workers climbing their tree to do the work.
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Bet-ter!  Now I'll be able to dig out the other neighbor's encroaching ficus roots without fear of a six hundred pound (270 kg) Euc branch falling on my head. That will be fun.
Yes, all you PNWesters, that's a Loquat in the ten inch space between the pergola and the fence.  The pergola that had piles of rat feces two inches deep on its roof. 
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The amount of material they took out was amazing.  The work is hard and requires patience and care.  You can not be in a hurry when you are hanging from a rope forty feet up.  
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While they worked, the neighbor came out and hired them to trim their dreadful weed palms.  Halle-friggin-lujah.  
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Halle-friggin-luja!  They're still ugly, but at least the rat nests are gone. 
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The workers completed their job without incident.  There were, however, a couple of casualties.  My beautiful Hunnemania fumarifolia ain't so beautiful anymore.
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Oh guys, did you not happen to notice those brilliant chrome-yellow flowers?  Guess not. 
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At least I can say I was not the one to kill the Trichostemna lanata.  The stem was not completely broken.  I propped it up with a pot. 
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Sigh.  There's always a little bad mixed in with the good.

 
 

Comments

  1. It always feels great to have a major project like that completed. Sorry about the casualties but it seems there is always something that takes a hit no matter how careful the tree people are. We had a huge oak pruned and had the "widow makers" (huge limbs just hanging there that didn't fall when they were broken in an early snow storm) removed a couple years ago. All went without incident until the very last and a big branch got away from them and crashed down on a large variegated Boston Fern and pretty much destroyed it. As you said, there's always a little bad mixed in with the good.

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    1. Sorry to hear about your special fern--Did any of it come back from the base? What really matters is that none of the guys were hurt.

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    2. Oh yes, all is well with that fern and in fact it's bigger and better than ever. After that I realized that they can be cut back to the nubbins and it doesn't hurt them a bit. and yes, I sure wouldn't want the job of the tree pruners and removers. A dangerous profession

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  2. Yes, unfortunately, we can't expect workers to respect the plants. I had people here last week working on ridding our crawlspace of rats. I like the idea of gardening for wildlife, but that doesn't include rats. My guys also did their share of trampling.

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    1. Well, they did try. I should have put a wire fence cylinder around those two. At least they were extremely careful of the Leucadendron 'Ebony', which were untouched.

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    2. Infested crawlspace---oy! I bet you are glad that is cleared out, tramples or not.

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  3. And I thought I'd squeezed in a couple loquats in crazy places!

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  4. Congratulations on achieving a rat-free zone, at least temporarily. I hope the poppy and wooly blue curls recover!

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    1. Thanks. A rat ran by my feet several days before the trim while I was out back futzing with the koi filters. Did you hear me scream?

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  5. Weed palms? (any palms that will grow here are treasured.) Rodent-attracting loquats? (Ours don't produce fruit.) You garden in an alternate universe. Glad that you're happy with the changes!

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    1. Where you garden, it rains. Talk about an alternate universe...

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