This ‘n That — catching up, some
—I wish I was as good as Geoff at this blogging stuff. Maybe I’ll figure it out. Someday.
—Riddle Time: What is still standing after being attacked for five days by three men wielding picks, axes, shovels, chainsaws, and a Bobcat?
. One humongous eucalyptus tree stump
— Over the summer/fall before leaving for Colorado, Geoff [with a little interference from me] felled the eastern most eucalyptus tree in front of the house. We summarily converted most of it to firewood.
— A few years ago, we had one of those winters with the temperature in the low teens for several days. The top half of the tree froze and died and looked, well, shabby. And besides that, a car parked under the tree was promised to collect smelly white deposits courtesy of our feathered friends perching above. It has been cut down maybe five or six times and each time put out suckers that resulted in more firewood. So, I made a decision that the stump had to go.
— I called Earth Landscaping and after a couple of weeks finally got a bid from them. For $225, the stump would be a goner. Sounded like a good deal to me. If my lumbars hadn’t been firmly attached, they would have kissed me.
— Last Friday – a week ago today – the crew showed up around 7 AM and proceeded to dig, hack, chop, dig, saw, dig, hack……. intermingling with vroom, vroom with the Bobcat. They knocked off around noon and went off for lunch after flooding the pit with water to soften up the dirt.
— thirty minutes or so after they left, I got a call from their boss saying he was shopping around for a large fork lift or skip loader to yank the stump out. That was last Friday. I suppose Monday I’ll have a long unhappy talk with the boss. Meanwhile, I can put up with the piles of dirt and messed up gravel driveway.
— I had never expected to run into the root system this tree has. The crew chief said the same thing. He said they usually cut all the lateral roots around the bole and the middle just snaps over. Five of the lateral roots measure nine to 12 inches and more than a dozen smaller ones poke out. I whammed the trunk with an eight-pound sledge and it ain’t ringing at all. I’m thinking about rigging up some sort of hydraulic jet on the end of a hose to see about mining the dirt out from under the middle to see what lies down there. I haven’t figured out how to get the excess water out so I’m probably looking at a long term project.
— Yeah, yeah, I’m giving up on the landscaping contractor. No I’m not thinking about stiffing him for the work his crew put in, but he will have to knock a few $$ off for not finishing the job. And he will have to move the dirt out of the driveway.
Love all, The GOG~