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Monday, April 11, 2016
A Serious Tree Project
Here's a dilemma: you have a problem 120' (we measured it!) Cottonwood tree that needs to come down. You also have a son who climbs trees and takes them down 10' at a time. Since I'm terrified of heights, the idea of my son carrying a chainsaw and climbing a moss covered old tree that may be rotten on the inside isn't a pleasant thought. He has all the proper gear and confidence, so against my better judgement, we let him take down that tree.
This is a zoomed picture as he neared the top, removing branches on his way up.
I didn't realize that when the top came down the remaining tree would sway back and forth for about 20 feet! Tony said "That is why you NEVER top a tree from a ladder - It'll throw you right off." Good to know.
This "before" picture shows just how big a tree we are talking about!
Well, the tree is down - and no one was injured, but it may have taken a few years off my life.