Tree Removal Shenanigans

Everything is overgrown, partially dead and fugly.

You may remember, this house was a short sale. It took a million years to finally close and during that time, the landscaping went straight to hell. Also, there were renters in the home for about 5 years prior to it becoming a short sale. My guess is that there was no landscaping maintenance for approximately 8-10 years, when the housing market crashed in ’06-’08.

I can tell that the original homeowners took really great care of the exterior. They put a lot of money into retaining walls, a pond, a pool, gas fireplaces that run from the home gas line, concrete edging, new siding and a maintenance free fence. I also inherited all of the paperwork for those items! Nice! My guess is that they also planted the arborvitae trees in a very horrible location, smack against the front of the house.

What were they thinking?!?

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As usual, I try to do everything on my own. I started by just vacuuming up the rocks. There were pine needles that were a foot deep. The vacuuming of course turned into me trimming off the bottom branches of the trees. Before I knew it, I had trimmed an entire tree bare as high as I could reach without using a ladder.

Perfect! My house has a nose!

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Everybody in the neighborhood is super friendly. As I was vacuuming the pine needles they stopped to introduce themselves and nearly every single one of them mentioned “Brian.” One of them even brought me Brian’s business card! I wasn’t ready to give up and call Brian just yet, but after standing back and looking at my house from the street I was. Ha!

Honestly, as I thought more about removing the trees by myself (with a truck and a chain?) I got a bit nervous about potential gas lines, the house foundation and other unknowns.

I texted Brian, the lawn guy that everybody in the neighborhood raved about. Brian showed up a few days later and we walked around my big and bushy yard. These are pictures of different bushes, all around the house.

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Besides being highly recommended, Brian was also familiar with my yard from previous years! We discussed what he would take care of vs. what I would take care of on my own and he told me he’d be back on a rain day. He does lawn care and saves tree removal types of projects for days that he can’t be doing lawns.

It literally rained for 6 days straight. Each day I would drive toward my house hoping that it would be the day. Then, on day 6 of the rain, there it was! A bobcat! Right in front of my house! Yasssss!

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I now had a blank slate to work with. He pulled all of the bushes and trees from around the front of the house. I haven’t decided on exactly what I’m going to plant yet, but this is already 110% better than owning a house with the nose.

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