Evan got to play with
the ultimate zombie weapon a chainsaw on a stick this weekend.
It. Was. Badass.
The excuse for playing with this new toy was a tree in our front yard that was all up in our house’s business. Check this out.
Having a tree touching your house is bad. Having a tree pretty much EATING your house is even worse (which is sorta what we had going on). When tree branches are resting on your roof, it allows moisture to collect there and blocks light and heat (so the moisture doesn’t evaporate) and that can cause mold and rot. Since we had to replace our entire roof when we first moved in, we did NOT want to have to put any more money into that thing (roof replacement = empty pockets).
We also had a couple other trees that were starting to tickle our roof line. This one by our garage:
And this one near the guest room by the side of the house:
It was hot as balls in Houston this weekend so Evan started out in normal Texas heat outdoor attire.
But after those first two little trees were trimmed, he decided that a shirt and some sneakers might be a little more practical. And still super sexy. Especially the socks.
He started slicing away at the big tree and we could not believe how many branches needed to be removed. It was wayyyyyy more than it looked like from the street.
And some of the branches, like the cut one in the picture above, were pretty thick. If you’re going to tackle something like this, make sure you cut the branches at the correct angle so that they fall away from your chainsaw blade instead of on top of your chainsaw blade. Here’s what I mean:
So if the cut part of the branch will fall down, you want to cut from above so that as the branch starts to crack and fall the cut you’ve made opens up and you can keep going deeper with your chainsaw. In this scenario, if you cut from below and the branch is falling down, it will close the gap that you’re cutting and trap the chainsaw inside. Does that make sense?
And this doesn’t always mean cut from the top. There are some situations that you would cut from the bottom, like if the end of a branch you’re cutting is resting on the roof and the part that falls will be the part that you cut (as opposed to the end of the branch, which is supported by the roof) so the cut will open up as it’s falling if you cut from the bottom and close up as it’s falling if you cut from the top.
Basically, just look at the branch and see which way it’s going to start falling as the cut goes deeper, and make sure the cut widens as it falls instead of closing in on the blade.
Anyways, Evan sawed away and I was on branch duty, dragging them away to make room for more fallen branches. These branches were bigger than the trees in our backyard! The one in the picture below wasn’t even as big as they got.
Evan tackled the big kahuna. Look at that thing! The part where he cut was as big around as my leg!
While Evan drug out that giant branch, I hopped up in the earlier trees and cleared away branches that we had cut but hadn’t fallen (they were still kinda stuck up in there).
Then Evan did some climbing of his own and used the leaf blower to blow away all the tree debris that was still on our roof.
Finally we got all the branches into a pile and marveled at our work. Because seriously, how did we end up with that much tree!?
By this point we were too exhausted to saw it into bundles and tie it up with twine so we just drug the pile to the backyard to await its fate.
And now the view outside our bedroom window kinda looks like we are living in the treetops.
It was an hour and a half of hard work, but it was definitely worth it (and it was kinda fun!). We saved ourselves $100-$150 bucks by doing it ourselves, which is what we were quoted JUST to trim the big tree (not including the little ones). And now our house can breathe and our roof is safe :)
To save you some scrolling, here’s the before and after:
And here are the less dramatic before and afters for the two smaller trees:
Glad to be almost done with this project! Will be even more glad when there’s not a forest chilling in our backyard. Anyone else have a tree trimming experience where it ended up being like 10x the amount of branches you expected? Seriously, how did that happen??