The Big Tree Removal · · PAGE 12.
August 25-26, 2014: The large tree is removed
over a two-day period. I am beginning to post these next few pages on Wednesday,
August 27, 2014. This first photo was taken at 9:36 AM on August 25, 2014 as the crew
begins work. Chris Jenkins was also here helping to get things started by sharpening
chain saw blades.
I have over 200 photos to choose from for the following pages. Not all of
them are necessary. I want to get to the point on the end result for now. As I
select the appropriate photos for the next couple of pages, you will see how the crew were
professional, safe, and courteous. Here is the spot where the tree was standing.
The photo was taken at 5:47 PM on Tuesday, August 26. That mound of sawdust
from the stump grinder is 25 feet long as seen here from near the street. It is also
20 feet wide between the houses. It is also about 12 inches above the average
terrain in the yard. It needs to be removed. I have no idea how much of the
stump may still be under the saw dust pile and above grass level. I moved some of the sawdust at the top of the mound to find something
solid just ONE INCH below the surface. There is good black soil under the grass.
And the remainder of the tree trunk in this photo was left behind yesterday because
one of their chains broke when they were trying to move it. I talked to Chris
Jenkins and he said they would be coming back to remove it, which finally occurred on
Friday, August 29.
The front of the photo above shows where Chris used the stump grinder to remove a root from that tree that was above ground level near the sidewalk. The black soil is clearly visible. Chris Rose came to mow the lawn today and was pleased to see that above ground root had been removed. It could damage his mower. His guy had to use a weed eater to clear the grass around that root.
August 25, 2014: The Jenkins crew sets up
the lift that will give them access to the tree today. It will be moved as needed
during this one day they will need it on site.
The strategy is to throw a rope over a nearby limb, tie one end of the rope to
the limb that is to be cut, then use the rope to lower the cut limb safely to the ground
without damaging the property or the crew. Take notice of the safety belt Ed is
As soon as limbs and "brush" as they call it, come down to ground
level, they are cut smaller as needed, then loaded into the waiting trailer at the curb.
The first cuts are to the big limb that is headed south across the front yard
of the house next door.
This wide shot gives some perspective to the area of work over the lot next
door. The guy on the roof has a chain saw handy which he will use later to cut off
smaller branches from large limbs that will soon be coming down.
The rope that lowers the limbs to the ground is slack allowing removal before
the crew will carry it to the street. The man controlling the rope is standing by
the tree trunk with the rope around the tree to make it easier to control heavy limbs
The limbs are cut with a small chain saw at the curb before they are loaded
into the trailer.
This process is repeated over and over until all the tree is cut down. As
you can see, the limbs at this level are as big as tree trunks on smaller trees.
There is a place on this part of the tree were a limb was removed a few years ago.
The first limb cut today was at the end of the trunk he is working on. It was out at
the west end of this trunk, almost to the driveway next door. That first limb was
This view is from the north side of the tree looking south.
Time to relocate the lift for access to the next limbs. The out-riggers
come up first.
Move the lift to the new location and lower the out-riggers for stability.
Consult with the boss about the next actions. Chris Jenkins is the black
guy in the blue shirt. His wife Allison is part of the business and paid a short
visit to this site today. The man in the leather safety belt is Ed. He works
at the top of the trees and on the lift to do all major cutting.
This second major limb goes up to the top of the canopy and across the
southeast corner of the house next door and over to their driveway across their front
yard. The time is now 10:43 AM. This next photo is animated by combining three
photos shot while my camera is on a tripod. It shows how the limb will fall the
length of the slack in the rope, then swing back and forth a bit. You can see this
limb was already dead.
This next limb has some leaves on it.
Another one heads to the curb and into the trailer.
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