Saturday, September 7, 2013

Fallen Tree Removal - Dutch Elm Disease

Here we are, a week and a half later. After locating the manager of the school property, things happened fairly quickly. One of the owners came to assess the situation and we had a good opportunity to meet our "neighbour".We were left with an excellent first impression and were very pleased to hear about progressive and visionary plans for the old Arthur Meighen school.
To clean up this sad mess, they chose to hire Joel Hackett of Joel's Tree Service, a local St Marys company.

 Joel took the time to assess the situation and precaution was taken in tying the limb that was threatening to fall on the shed before using the chainsaw on the lower branches.

Caution and safety was a priority through out.

 The old 'right of way' was used to park the truck and wood chipper.

 Dutch elm disease seems to have been the cause. Elms have become an endangered tree species because of the nasty elm bark beetle.

 We had our own tree to deal with as well - a dying spruce close to the house. It never recovered from being smothered by an invasive vine. Being flanked by bigger trees did not help either. It's safer and less costly to bring down a tree that is still alive, even barely, than a dead tree.
Joel took care of bringing it down as well.

It's the sad part of managing a property. But if one comes down another will be planted in the near future. Maybe not in the same location or the same species, but there will be a replacement.

This shot was taken through the screened kitchen door. I think the effect is pretty cool.

The branches were cut as he was going up then the tip was cut off.

Sections of the trunk were cut down on his way down.

 His two assistants were in sync, cleaning up and disposing of branches as they were falling.

Everything was hauled away...

the yard was raked clean...

 a power blower was used on the pad for the remaining bits...

and the yard was left cleaner than it ever was.

'Effective, Safe and Affordable' is Joel's company motto, but I would add, 'professional, conscientious and courteous'. Being surrounded by century old trees, we are very happy to know and trust Joel, should we need him again.

Thank you Joel Hackett (and team) for an excellent job.
(519) 272-5742


Mark D. Ruffner said...

Hi, Anyes - It's fascinating to watch tree doctors calculate and then tie off branches with almost mathematical pecision, isn't it? I don't know about you, but I couldn't help but watch the process from beginning to end.

Your screened photo is rather artsy. It's like looking into a biosphere!!

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hi Mark,
Yes it is fascinating. I did not fully realize how demanding this job was until I saw them in action. Demanding phisically, but one has to have some serious smarts as well. One false estimation and that could be it.

When I took this shot, I was pretty sure that it would end up in the trash until I saw it on my computer screen.

Rosemary said...

Delighted to know that there was a good outcome to the tree problem, and that you ended up with an even tidier garden at the end of the process.
It is a necessary job to keep a check on tree growth, bushes etc in the garden otherwise they simply take over.
Tomorrow we have our annual autumn cut taking place. All of the hedges will be cut right back and topped, along with all of the bushes and shrubs. It takes our man two days, but it just has to be done.
Sadly we have lost millions of Elms trees in the UK from Dutch Elm disease caused by a fungi. When I was young the Elms lined so many of the country roads, it completely changed the appearance of the place when they died.

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hello Rosemary,
I certainly understand why it takes two days for your man to cut the hedges - expertly done! Our yard doesn't require such expertise, but I agree, things have to be kept in check none the less. Especially trees that have been planted too close to the house or saplings that have been left to grow freely.
What a tremendous loss, but especially for the UK. Elms are mostly seen in old paintings now. Yes, I was told by Joel that the fungi is found on the belly of that beetle and is spread around as they multiply.

Deanna said...

Bless your heart!

The Dusty Victorian said...

Thank you Deanna and you as well.