Tree Mutilation Of The Week

Hmm...took off a little too much.
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That lawn is mown a little short as well.
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Actually that's my doing.  I'm getting rid of that Cercis and the lawn, and replacing them with...haven't decided quite yet.  While I was hacking the tree, the puppies raised havoc by chewing off the garage door safety sensors.  I learned to reconnect wires, and encased the reconnected wires in a metal, less (slightly less) chewable conduit.  That may hold them off a few days, until I have to do it again.
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After all that havoc-raising, of course they took a nap and looked like little angels.  
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"It was that other puppy!  Not me!  Honest!"
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After that, I went back to work on the tree.  It was in our garden for 12 years, planted from a 15 gallon pot, attempting to seed itself everywhere.  I am through pulling out seedlings.  Not to mention all the surface roots going everywhere, and the branches hitting me in the face because if I trimmed a branch even slightly, the entire branch would die.  Bye.   
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If only I could have convinced the puppies to dig up the tree instead of me having to do it, but then I would have missed out on seeing what happened underground in the course of twelve years.  The original landscape guys planted that tree.  The peat moss and the time-release fertilizer someone had tossed around the bottom of the hole was still there, in like-new condition.  The deeper roots were slightly rotted, while the ones at the surface that helped to kill off what grass Hoover's pee didn't get were firm and healthy.  I found a yellow toy ball, a piece of roof tile and a beer bottle cap.  Gardener's archeology.

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  1. Gardener's archaeology ... I like that! How you keep up with TWO puppies like this is a mystery. You're my hero.

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  2. ying-yang posture of the pups. sorry about the bud. Had a 30" silver maple removed recently, I understand your pain.

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  3. @Hartwood, how do I keep up with two puppies? Not very well! :)

    @greggo, yes, the ying-yang of what do I destroy next? Sorry about your silver maple. Maples generally don't do well here and they are few and far between, except A. palmatum, which need careful culture to survive our long dry season and relatively high alkalinity.

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