But, first they made a stop to the tops of my tallest trees!
Clay and Limestone has some very tall trees ~~ This one is Quercus shumardii. Aaron and his crew keep the trees looking their best. This time they removed dead limbs, improved the shape of the trees and took down a diseased Redbud and Yoshino Cherry.
Pretty darned impressive isn't it!
This is definitely a job for someone with a great sense of balance, who is completely comfortable with heights and
with the strength to pull himself up into the trees!
Meet Aaron, the motorcycle riding, skydiving, mountain climbing, boogie boarding arborist. I think he's completely comfortable with adrenalin, too.
No way, no how, would I climb into any tree on this skinny rope that is wrapped around what looks like very shaky limbs!
But this guy did!
Very easily, let me add!
Aaron was here to clean up the Bur Oak/Quercus macrocarpa in order to spare it being butchered by the city trimmers. If that sounds harsh, I meant it to be! We keep this tree trimmed, but the city wanted it skinned! I'm still mad! Aaron assures me Grandfather Bur Oak will recover. If you saw how much was removed you would be miffed, too!
But being mad didn't last long....Not when I knew the boys were also here to help me with the wayback backyard!
Are you ready? No fair scrolling ahead without reading!
Here is a view from the patio!
Most of that green is Bush Honeysuckle.
The photo will enlarge and you can see clearly
the extent of the spread of BH!
The marble bench is sited at the back of the Garden of Benign Neglect.
Before the honeysuckle extraction~~
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The honeysuckle is amazingly prolific!
In the midst of of a frosty freeze.
After the honeysuckle extraction~~
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So what do you think?
The boys and I aren't finished.
This was the first pass through!
There is still a bit of honeysuckle!
I so wanted to show you
a teaser photo!
I promise to show you more!
In the meantime,
I had them leave all the Juniperus virginiana/Red Cedar (most will go) and all the native shrubby dogwoods and redbuds. I see paths in the future, but this time they will have native shrubs and perennials and maybe the wildflowers will come back and mingle with the new ones that have to be planted! The space is fantastic! There is room for a garden room! Rusty (Viburnum rufidulum) looks gorgeous all pruned and cleaned up! Did I tell you I found him there a few weeks ago? Also... I love the wayback backyard!
You'll never guess what I found there? The best soil that 15 years of leaf litter can create!
Dreams do come true!
I can't wait to show you more! You've been so excited and supportive~~thank you!