Thursday, March 24, 2011

Tree Pruning?

The hellebores have flower buds, they are only three inches tall
 and are a welcome sign of spring.

The weather has been dry and above freezing, perfect to start some spring pruning.
 But this year the pruning is on a very large scale. 
A Manitoba Maple in the backyard had to be removed, 
it was diseased and the bottom half of the large blue spruce in the front yard died.

Remember when you buy that cute little spruce how big it will get when it is mature.
As you can see this spruce was planted too close to the house.
 The front window is almost completely covered by tree.

Hubby cut the dead and lower branches off. 
It looks as if some giant has taken a bite out of the tree.
He suggests cutting the other side to match.
 I am not willing to have a large lollipop tree in the front yard.
 It will have to come down.
 Are you sure he asks. 
It is one of sunniest places on the property
 and I can grow all kinds of sun loving plants.

Four pickup truck loads later the tree is gone,
 but the weather has turned nasty and it snowed again.
My plans are on hold.

I forced some early flowering iris and they have started to bloom.
 A small compensation for not being able to play in the garden.

Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful day.


Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Ahhhhhhh spring is so nice; isn't it. We still have a fair amount of snow..but it's going. Suppose to get a bit tomorrow..let's hope not!! I can see my tulips peeking through now; can't wait to get out there...but there is going to be so much work to cleaning up the yard....oh my!!!! lol

paula, the quilter said...

Removing trees is an expensive thing. My hubby can not physically do it, so I have had to hire tree removers. I have 3 more past their prime poplars that need to come down but it will take a bucket truck because of the power lines. Ugh.

Piecefulafternoon said...

Wonderful flowers - at least we are done with our snow for the year - unless something really freaky happens - I sure hope not.

julieQ said...

That will be a lovely place to plant! You can enjoy the view inside and your iris, they are so pretty...mine are in bloom here.

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Carolyn said...

All the possibilities for that space!

It will make a big difference inside your home too.We had to remove a couple of big popular trees that had grown really tall and kept losing big branches in windstorms. It made the yard a lot sunnier so I only missed them on a really hot day!


Crafty Gardener said...

That was one huge tree. I'm sure you will enjoy the new gardening space. We just need some more warmer weather don't we.

Birds, Bees, Berries, and Blooms said...

To everything there is a season... You will have fun with all that new planting space.

Mary Lou said...

Now you just have some extra time to plan your new plantings! Your room inside must have a whole new brightness. My best to you.

Becca said...

Oh no! That tree is gone? Well, I do understand your need for the sunshine, but living in the desert all my life, it's too much sunshine, and I'd love to have a tree like that! LOL. I can't wait to see the beautiful sun loving flowers you plant in their new home. :-)

Cozy Home Scenes said...

Too bad about the tree since it was pretty, but I think your house will look better since you can actually see the house!

I know how it is about trees though. My dad has been playing lumber jack and cut down 2 trees in the backyard a few weeks ago. One had dead areas on it. The other was the biggest tree in the yard and still alive. He cut it down to give a new tree sun to grow.

Nobody but him understands his reasoning, but at any rate, those trees are now gone. I'm hoping for some more sun too as our yard is so dark.

Thanks for visiting my blog tonight and I hope you have a great weekend too.

Ellada said...

That was a beautiful tree.

Carol at Serendipity said...


Love the hellebores. They had plants in the market this week. I have no place to plant them and didn't feel right just using them for a centerpiece and then throwing them away. Colors were exquisite.

You will have fun planting now that the tree is gone.


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Lavender Cottage said...

Much better Jen! Your house will be so much brighter now and there is new space to garden.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

It seems odd when you come down the street now to not see the tree there but look at the light you are going to get into the house now. Now you have a spot for more plants. Yeah! V

Sheila said...

I can imagine all the plans you have for that lovely sunny spot. Hope winter is gone soon for you. It's discouraging to check the forecast each day and see chance of flurries. I can't wait for the snow to melt. Our driveway had drifted over this morning and I almost ended up stuck but kept plowing through. Keep smiling!

Pondside said...

I can see why you have taken the tree out, and you've given me courage to go ahead and take out a clump of birch trees that were planted too close to our house. They take up the only truly sunny spot on the property, and their roots are growing into the septic system. Still, it's hard to justify taking out a muture tree.