I mentioned before, we had tons of yardwork done. We did as much as we possibly could ourselves, but we are smart enough to recognize what we cannot do and didn’t hesitate to get a specialist.
We had a very dead cedar tree along a stand of trees. It’s looked like and old dead dry christmas tree, you could almost feel the fire hazard when you walked near it.
Chainsaws are not my husbands thing, and I don’t blame him. Do it wrong and you lose an arm or a leg, crush the neighbors fence and the dog, etc. It’s just not worth the risk. We had plenty of tree cutting cowboys show up and offer to do it cheap, but it’s worth doing some research and getting a reputable guy.
We chose Eduardo’s tree service, they are reputable, and beyond their chainsaw capabilities, they really are arborists. We checked out their credentials with the State to confirm they were licensed and bonded via the states website it’s worth an indepth read. Check that your guy hasn’t opened and closed multiple businesses, hoping to leave their problems behind them. Know that their insurance is up to date, etc.
And it’s fun to watch. They were fast, climbed that tree like a squirrel, cut all the branches off and just sawed it off into short logs
We had them cut into 16 in logs for us to split and they hauled everything else away. Firewood for the winter!!!
After several weeks of rehab from a surgery ( a whole nuther story altogether for another day or another blog post – maybe), we are delving into more house projects. The summer project we are taking on is “Paint”. The house is in tremendous need of a good coat of new paint, maybe two coats. It’s been a large white house for many many years. White unfortunately collects dust and shows the years of grime and mold. It also reveals the bad paint jobs underneath unfortunately.
We (I use the term loosely, I’m just bossing my husband around and assisting on select occasions – but I still consider it “hands-on”!) started with some big yard clean up, removing all the plants around the foundation. It has a collection of old azalea, rhodies and camelia bushes that have grown to trunks near 10 inches around. Some are probably near 70 years old we calculate.
this allowed us to get up to the house to scrape, clean, and perform all the prep work, including cleaning out gutters and removing shutters. You can see it took us a while to get to the paint part given the new growth of the bushes we left. But summer was slow in getting here to Oregon.
We removed about 6 truck loads full of just yard debris. It’s exciting progression on this long term project!