Yesterday afternoon, Ben picked up another load of foam insulation.  Just as he came home with it, I went out to the post office.  In the twenty-ish minutes I was gone, Ben did something.

Can you tell?

He cut down (most of) the apple tree.  We had talked about this for a few weeks, not certain when it would happen, but eventually it would.  While we both love trees, heck, Ben planted 17 fruit trees at our last house, this one wasn’t working for us.  First off, it was too close to the house.  Structurally speaking, the roots could damage the foundation.  It also blocked a lot of our view and darkened the kitchen and breakfast nook.  Now we can actually see our back yard from the kitchen.

But the main reason Ben cut it down yesterday afternoon is this:

Hauling bulky insulation to the pool room.  With the first load, Ben and Handy Sammy walked up the stairs, maneuvering around the big rock.  Now that the tree was out-of-the-way, they could easily set the insulation on the landing, and haul it in from there.

Once through the door, the boys loaded it in the pool.

Inside the house, it’s wonderful not having the tree.  From the outside, it looks so bare.

When Ben is ready, he’ll pull the rest of the stump out and we can get to work on the landscaping.

Until then, he’s got several tons of shingles to install.

After we get our hardscaping done, we’ll figure out what plants and trees we want to add for shade and greenery.  We’ve already talked about fruit trees and a pergola for shade.  Despite being a ways off, I’m getting excited.

What are your favorite shade trees?  Do you have landscaping ideas for us?

8 thoughts on “Timber!

  1. Ooo, I am anxious to hear about shade tree suggestions. Our backyard is bare bare BARE and it has to be the most unpleasant place to spend time. You guys are just bookin’ it with these projects. Way to go!

  2. I bet that brightens up things inside quite a bit! I haven’t much advice for plantings since Seattle’s weather is milder and wetter than you–I love our dogwoods, vine maples, mountain ash. For shrubs we have a bunch: flowering red currant, nine bark, mock orange (love!), and california lilac to name a few. For yours I’m thinking in colors….I’d love to see the house painted a muddy-grey (think that dk brown-grey color on the dark part of a white birch tree); then for landscaping you could go with purples, greens (dark and bright), and a pop of yellow–so maybe a purple plum tree, some cherry trees, new zealand flax, barberries, false bamboo, black eyed susans, etc…..I’m sure whatever you do it will look gorgeous!

  3. We have 4 nice shady trees out front: 2 dogwoods (pink + white), a big maple, and one out of place evergreen. It’s been a nice surprise seeing how much cooler our house is because of them! I would love fruit trees…maybe one day.

  4. Have you thought of getting one of those shade sails? You could have one in white that would keep your patio from feeling dark, but would cut down on what looks like pretty harsh sun light. Or maybe it just looks that way in pictures. I’m sure some more green stuff will make it look a lot more lush.

    Nikki Kelly

  5. I love my maples and poplars for tall shady trees! Aspens would be pretty and would blend well in your mountain area. I love the view from your kitchen window of the mountainside and all the rocks/boulders. A variety of pines, dwarf conifers, fir trees for background and year round color would be nice. Up close, some flowering shrubs for seasonal color.
    The following link is from the USDA zone hardiness map for what I believe is your area (zone 4a). The lower right side has an extensive list of plants for your area. Just make sure they are deer resistant!

    1. Wow, you’re all so helpful!

      And thanks for the link, Cecily B! 🙂 Gotta check it out to see what will work with our weather and lack of water.


  6. Oak trees if they will grow where you are. They do grow into a huge tree but they have a very deep, straight tap root and will stand up to the worst weather.
    I’m in agreement with Cecily about just planting evergreens and maybe putting in a rock garden. You do have the rocks! There are so many attractive dwarf conifers that would be great for you.

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