Chopping Down the Cherry Tree

Posted on May 31, 2013. Filed under: Gardening, Home |

This was the moment my husband has been waiting for the last 2 years. He could finally take out his revenge on this droopy, odd, cherry tree that blocks our house from the street.

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Our weeping dwarf cherry tree is annoying. It’s in this weird, off-center location in our yard about 15 feet from the curb and there’s no other landscaping around it. It’s so random. And it’s short at only 4 feet tall. Wop wop. If I were planting a tree like that, I would’ve planted it near some other plantings, or made it the center of a flower bed in the backyard. There’s no rhyme or reason for its placement.

Normally I love cherry trees. We have a large, traditional cherry tree on the other side of our driveway that is absolutely gorgeous when it blooms for about 2 weeks in the spring.

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It’s attractive other parts of the year too. I love its height and shape and the way it arches over the driveway.

The weeping cherry blooms for about 2 days and then gets all its leaves.

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During the winter (about 6 months of the year), it looks like a wonky, droopy pile of twigs. It’s not attractive.

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We decided to postpone axe-murdering our tree (pun intended) until it was the right time to sod. I didn’t want a big circle of dirt in our front yard where the tree had been for too long. As most projects lead to other projects, we also decided to tackle some of the weaker areas of our front yard with centipede sod or more liriope. But that’s for another day. This feature is purely Americana. By George, we’re chopping down a cherry tree!

Adam’s twin brother, Ryan, was in town so we obviously put him to work. The men took loppers and pruning shears and cut off all the droopy parts of our dwarf tree.

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Then they took turns with the ax.

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And the hatchet.

They put their backs into it. They chopped and chopped and pushed him over.

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Ahhhhh…. Our yard can breathe. You can see our house. Hallerlujah!

Next came the stump digging.

And the hole filling.

And now we’ll sod.

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Our evil supervisor with crazy eyes:

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It looks so much better. Next step: sod!

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