Saturday, April 15, 2006
Lets go trim some branches from this laurel oak that's shading my blueberries. Watch your step and mind that branch to your left as you go up. The chief sawyer (me) screwed up the cut and it's hanging by a few threads...oh, and the trumpet creeper that's wrapped all around this tree is patrolled by ants that protect it from interlopers so try to stay off of it.
If you spin around on the ladder so the tree is behind you, the door to the wood shop is visible as is the metal roof of the lean to shed that houses the mower and some garden tools. The wood shop is a 12 by 16 loft barn we built when we first moved here. It needs a new metal roof and some TLC soon. We'll use the yellow rope to tie off and gently lower the tree sized limb we're going to take off. To do that, we have to leave the ladder and move into the branches a little higher.
Take the rope and climb above the limb we'll cut. Now loop it over that higher branch...good. Now drop down to the target branch and tie it off. Shoot me the rope and I'll wrap it around this other branch a couple times...this will be our brake so we can lower it in a controlled manner.
Before we start sawing, let's catch our breath and enjoy the view. That's my garden spot. The Jeep and trailer is there because I just finished mulching around the two pvc outlined beds with pond weed I harvested from the pond. The pink carpet is a benefit of remodeling and is doing weed prevention duty.
In the lower left corner is one of my chicken pens. It houses 3 banty hens. In front of the Jeep, in the sun, is the chicken tractor which houses 3 banty roosters and 2 tired hens. The little brown roofed structure to the right is the "Mallard Mansion" so named by my wife. She thinks it's "overbuilt". It once housed mallards, but now houses a few garden tools.
At the far end of the garden are the two pig pens, each 16 by 16 formed of hog panels. In the nearest pen with the green A-frame pig shelter are pots of tomatoes and bell peppers. In the farthest pen, three wide rows sport squash and watermelon vines.
Directly below us, not visible from this angle, are the grape vines and blueberries. They are why we're up here. They need light and this goofy oak keeps growing out over them. Removing this branch is really going to open it up below.
Back to work. I'll go down and hold the rope. You take this pruning saw and start sawing. Try and keep yourself above the cut, limbs fall down, not up.
Good luck and thanks for coming up with me.
You'd be surprised at how few people answer yes when I invite them up here.