Yes Pure Florida veterans, I am at it again. This laurel oak was allowed to stay years ago when the garden was new and the tree was small. As time passed the oaks roots sucked nutrients from the nearby garden and the tree grew rapidly ... and weakly.
Now, it shades the garden and my blueberries (picked the first ones yesterday!) and it needs to come down. It has a sister at the north end of the garden that also has overstayed her welcome.
The tree has a nasty V-Crotch in it that is already showing signs of decay at the notch and this tree was bound to get topped by a tropical storm or 'cane in some summer. I have a small barn nearby and that makes me nervous as it is within reach of the upper portion, should it fall.
Those are my reasons, tree huggers, for killing this tree. I have a list of about 10 trees near house and garden that must at least be pruned, and a few will go completely. Most of those are going to get away with some pruning to deshade the tiny dooryard and reduce hurricane damage potential.
One bold tree is rubbing it's branches across the fireplace chimney ... smart ash! I'll show him.
To do this job, I pulled out my very long ladder. This thing is a wonder of modern ladder science. It just reaches from the ground to the nearest cumulus cloud if you fully extend it. I love it.
I extended the ladder up to the first set of tree size branches, climbed up and ratchet strapped the ladder to the tree trunk. This eliminates the possibility of the ladder sliding and taking me with it, or the ladder sliding and leaving me stranded in the tree top.
After the ladder was strapped, I climbed up into the branches (my favorite part!) and sat for a while surveying my kingdom and deciding which limbs to take off first.
I needed to delimb an area to avoid damage to my barn since I will be dropping this oak within a few feet of the barn complex. This 'barn" is really a 12' X 16' shed, but it's the only "barn" I have and I am fond of it.