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?