We've had some qualms about the Emerald Ash Borer problem anyway; though now the nursery owner at D & D told us there is a cure of sorts, some liquid systemic you can pour around the tree every year that is supposed to thwart the bug. This is really good news for anyone who has ash trees they want to save. Just as with the elm trees and Dutch Elm disease, it is sad to see another species die out.
Once we made the decision to take the tree down, Joel set to work making it happen. He had some friends helping him, which was great and saved us a lot of work. Joel hooked up the tree spade and they moved a Dwarf Alberta spruce and some seedling cedars to make room to drop the ash tree.
While Joel and his friends were getting ready to saw down the tree, Carl and I were trying to load our friend's trailer onto the deck of our own trailer. Carl lifted the trailer with the H and we managed to secure it tightly. He spent quite a bit of time earlier in the morning straightening the trailer and it looked pretty good when he was done.
Here we are with our 'tandem trailers'.
After lunch, we all headed outside to saw the tree. Here Joel is making the initial cut, notice the chain in the upper right hand corner:
The tree was 42' tall.
By the time we got back with the new trees, this was all cleaned up!
It's late in the day here, but we think the tree looks really nice in its new home. We just hope the maple likes the conditions; it is a beautiful specimen.
Just before dark, my good friend, Ann, stopped in with her beautiful daughter and her boyfriend. The young couple were on their way to the prom, so they stopped for some pictures. I wish it had been lighter out, because the photos didn't turn out as well as they could have. I often wish we had life-size statues in the yard, they sure do dress up the place!
I'll have more on what happened Sunday in the gardens tomorrow.