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Category: the cherry tree saga | Posted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 2:53 am

Well, here is my first blog....

My back fence neighbor and I will have quite a project coming up. There is a large "Choke Cherry" tree that is right at the fence. It's on my neighbor's side of the fence but much of the tree hangs over my garage so I am keenly aware of this situation.... The tree has a large crack in the trunk -- see the picture!! It is also getting a rotting spot at the base of the trunk. Poor tree, it needs to come down asap. Or, to put it another way -- this tree is coming down one way or another but I'd like it to NOT come down on my garage! I feel very sad about it, actually. I grew up in this house so everything growing here has a memory attached to it... Anyway, I will keep you posted on "the plan..." I think my brother is going to bring over something called a "boom truck" with a "bucket" on it and they will take it down in small sections.

( photo / image / picture from daisybeans's Garden )

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Green_Numb wrote on Wed Apr 22, 2009 3:07 am:

you could just get you a few rolls of duct tape and.... :-)

yeah looks like it might be a hazard at some point, it sucks that it has to come down but safety is number 1 priority here i would say.

nice colorful flowers in your neighbors yard there, what are they?


Frank wrote on Wed Apr 22, 2009 9:22 am:

I have the same feelings about childhood locations being changed, it's very sad :( However in this case it's infinitely better than someone/something getting crushed. Hope it works out well for you DB.


eileen wrote on Wed Apr 22, 2009 10:44 am:

Maybe your neighbour could help to cut the tree down as, after all, it is on their land. I'd certainly be getting rid of it as that crack looks serious and it could come down in high wind and crush your garage. When you start to tackle it please take care as I don't want to hear of anyone getting hurt while felling it. Good luck!!


daisybeans wrote on Wed Apr 22, 2009 11:10 am:

Thanks for the comments and the support you guys. Duct tape, oh ha ha, Green Numb! My neighbor's flowers there are tulips and there is an azaelea also right there. If you look to the left of the tree along his fence that is all honeysuckle vine. We battle it constantly (I think it might be the only thing holding up the tree!) Glad you understand the childhood thing Frank! And Eileen, I agree that it's really my neighbor's responsibility... so my hope is that once my brother brings the equipment (he has access to such things through his job) the neighbor and his pals will take over the job of cutting. I plan on "supervising" and putting up a fuss if they try to take to many chances. I first discovered the crack more than two years ago so I've gotten to the point where I think if I don't push my neighbor, he won't take care of it.... it has definately widened. So in the interest of my garage... But we will be very very careful. B I G job ahead.

cuatro-gatos wrote on Wed Apr 22, 2009 3:33 pm:

Good luck with the tree removal. I know it's sad - I just hate when trees have to be taken out. Perhaps as an act of good will, you can put a positive spin on things when everything is done and present a gift to your neighbor of a new tree.
One that you both would like looking at and enjoying in the coming years. :)


Tina wrote on Wed Apr 22, 2009 6:25 pm:

Good luck with the tree removal.


daisybeans wrote on Wed Apr 22, 2009 6:45 pm:

Cuatro gatos, I have been thinking the same thing! It's a nice big tree and it provides a lot of shade for both of our yards. It would be nice to replace it if my neighbor doesn't have other plans for the space. We garden that space very companionably and always consult with one another before we make any changes. I am blessed with very nice neighbors. Thanks for the encouragement!

shannonrose wrote on Mon Apr 27, 2009 4:41 am:

I can imagine having the tree sown will open all sorts of possibilities for your garden and that of your neighbors. I too live in the house I grew up in and have many great memories. I am excited to make new ones. I hope you will too. Good luck with your tree and projects.


glendann wrote on Wed Apr 29, 2009 7:49 am:

I hope everything works out and your garage doesn't get any dammage.

molly lien wrote on Tue Aug 18, 2015 5:25 pm:

hi Daisyben, looked at a post you had in Plant ID in 2009. helped me identify the Japanese Hop. Thanks....
Molly Lien

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