Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Courtyard Tree Project

About a year ago, we had some tree trimmers come to the house to tidy up our trees.  While they did a nice job on the trees, they delivered some devastating news - our courtyard tree, which provides glorious shade during the hot Texas summers, was rotting and would need to come down within a year.  It was heart-breaking news, especially since the courtyard was one of the main selling points of the house for us.

This past fall brought some strong winds through central Texas, which resulted in the tree breaking off from the base.  It was leaning against the house, so we knew it was time to take down so it wouldn't cause damage to the roof.

The first step was to buy a chain saw and saw down the tree, limb by limb.  That was, of course, my husband's job.

Next was to remove as much of the stump and roots as possible, since we plan to plant another tree in its place.  My husband rented a stump grinder from Home Depot and got to work.

That process created a nice mess in the courtyard.  The plan is to remove as much of the wood chips and soil as possible, just to make sure any disease or poor soil isn't used for our next tree.  We will probably wait until next winter or spring to plant a new tree in its place.  I'm looking forward to sitting out under the shade of our new courtyard tree in a couple of years.  In the meantime - do you have any suggestions on the best type of tree we should plant?

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