I’ve been promising you an update on our yard. There wasn’t much to report up until last week. Up until Thursday last week, this is how our home looked. It looks all nice and nestled in among those trees, doesn’t it? Really it was a disaster waiting to happen. I’ve told you all before that we wanted to remove trees. Well, we finally bit the bullet! Yippee! You may have seen a little preview I shared of them cutting them down on Instagram.
This is how our house looks now. It is a huge difference! We had 17 trees and 4 shrubs removed. I know it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but we had reasons to remove the trees we did. I’ll share a little more about that in a minute. Part of the reason is that most houses in our neighborhood have 2-5 trees in their entire yard (“front and back!!” Gold star to whoever knows that TV show quote). Us? 34 trees. Yeah.
We did keep 3 of our gorgeous trees though! The ginnala maple tree right in front of the house dropped almost all of its leaves immediately after the trees were removed, but it is staying. We also kept the cherry tree on the right of the house and the cottonwood on the left that was 75% on our neighbor’s property.
We had a great tree service company come out and they made quick work of our 40-foot trees. They had all 17 trees and 4 shrubs removed, stumps ground, and cleaned up within a day.
The hubby and I had a lot of fun watching our changing views as the trees came down.
Let’s take a closer look at each side, shall we? So here on the right side of our house we previously had 3 cottonwoods, a cherry tree, a large russian olive tree, and 4 olive bushes. We had all removed except for the cherry tree.
Looking past the fact that cottonwoods drop 25-75 branches a day that I would have to pick up, they were sick and starting to show signs of bad mold (queue our tree guy telling us that they have damp, moldy crotches… and queue me trying not to respond like a 13-year-old boy). Plus, cottonwoods have roots very near to the surface and they are starting to heave the sidewalk, causing a possible hazard to our neighborhood. And the roots are at risk of invading the nearby waterline. PLUS, we were warned that our cottonwoods could topple at any time, falling into our house. Now… I like a touch of rustic as much as the next girl. But a giant tree in my living room and no roof is a little farther than I would like to take it. So down came the 3 cottonwoods.
Russian olive trees are basically a weed tree and are illegal to be planted in Colorado anymore. They are bullies and steal water from other trees. And I wasn’t a fan of the softball-sized sap goo (technical term) and giant thorns either.
And now it is open and I can see my neighbors! It is lovely! I swear that by removing the cottonwoods and russian olive on this side of the yard we have gained tons of sunlight in our living room!
Now for the left side of the house. This is where a majority of the trees were. The large trees are another russian olive and cottonwood. The little shrubs? We found out that they aren’t shrubs. They are, in fact, 11 ginnala maple trees cut down to 6 feet high. Yay. Not. ELEVEN more “trees”.
All of these trees came out. This cottonwood is a female tree and it drops cotton like crazy in the spring… and the hubby is allergic. Not so fun for the breathing thing. And again, the russian olive is a weed and bully tree. The 11 ginnala maples have been hacked in a way that they are basically trunks with suckers all over them. So out they all came!
Ooooo! Ahhhh! Who knew we have a neighbor over there! Eventually we would love to take some of the gravel from the back yard and move it here to turn it into a parking pad. All the cool kids in the neighborhood have one.
For your viewing pleasure, one final before and after. It has made a huge difference and I almost pass my house whenever I drive up to it now. So crazy. I’m loving it so much. While it may look bare to many of you, I like to look at it as a big blank slate. Now we can turn it into whatever we want! Now we will have sunlight to actually be able to grow grass! Goodbye woodchip yard. Hello lush green-ness! I’m also excited by the fact that we don’t have to worry about dying trees falling through our roof and landing in our kitchen. Joy in the small things, right?
Have you ever had trees removed?