When we moved into our house, one of the things we loved the most was the backyard. It was so lush and green and fairly private. Since we’d moved in November, it was really fun to see how the garden changed with the seasons. We’d decided right at the start that we wouldn’t make any changes in the first year of living here, just so that we could see what we liked and what didn’t work for us.
In the backyard, we had a beautiful HUGE European Beech Tree. It provides a lot of shade and seemed to be a favourite place for birds to come and sit for a while… but it also made the deck sticky with sap, the leaves seemed never ending and the beech nuts are protected by a prickly outer shell (not conducive to running around the yard in bare feet!)
We agonized over whether or not to take the tree out and decided that it would be best. So over the weekend, Eric and his dad set to work.
This is what the backyard looked like when they started.
And when the tree was down.
The stump has since been removed as well, but I love seeing the scale in this photo with the ladder and the pile of branches.
I have to admit, I was a little sad to see the tree come down. It was not a decision we made lightly, but we also knew that before too much longer, the tree would be completely unmanageable. We still have a fair amount of work to do to clean up from taking the tree out, but as soon as that’s done, we’ll be heading to the nursery to buy some apple trees!! For us, we love being able to grow some of what we eat, so it seems like a natural progression to us to put in some fruit trees. I’m pretty excited about making the changes and hopefully we’ll be reaping some benefit in a couple of summers!