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Buh-bye, Bradford Pear tree

The large Bradford Pear tree finally had to go. It was showing signs of fire blight, which is basically a bacterial infection common among fruit trees. Due to the large size of th tree, there was no way to fight it off and no way to really prevent it in the first place. It's never grown quite right since the ice storm back in December 2002 too. It's also partially blocking access to one satellite on the fringe for DirecTV access. Since trunk was smaller than 6", HOA says I can cut down at will.

Dad came over this morning with the chain saw. He pretty much had that tree down to the ground and cut up in 5 minutes. Harder part was trying to remove the stump. Took even longer to remove all the clutter and mulch left behind on what appears to be one of the hottest days of the year.

Here's the before and after pictures regarding the tree removal...

Next step tomorrow morning is to call the city to remove the brush of the tree.



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Jul. 29th, 2007 10:31 pm (UTC)
Thats a sad loss for such a beautiful tree.

Such is life, eh?
Jul. 29th, 2007 10:39 pm (UTC)
I do like my trees. I planted the ones behind and to the side of my house and they're huge now. However, the trees in front of all the houses in our neighborhood are rather crappy. I plan on planting a Japanese Maple tentatively in the fall to replace what was there.
Jul. 30th, 2007 11:11 pm (UTC)
Joe - Hope we'll get to connect again while Ian's in town. We met briefly at the New Year's gathering back this past year.

As for Bradford Pears, well, I'm can't say I'm much of a sympathetic soul. Although they certainly put on a nice show in the spring, they have so many problems with breakage that I find they rarely provide for a lasting solution in a well-designed landscape. Your idea of a japanese maple sounds wonderful. I'm also a huge fan of Yoshino cherry trees.

I like the "after" pic. Shows of your house much better with the trees you planted off to the sides. Nice place. - Tom
Aug. 1st, 2007 05:42 pm (UTC)
The front of your house looks huge without the tree.
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