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Biting off more than I can chew

October 13, 2008

I bet you remember this post, where I explained that the three Bradford Pears in our backyard were huge and unruly. It was inevitable that they would have to be trimmed as to not interfere with our neighbor and our fence.

I called a man named Dale P (recommended by our realtor) a few weeks ago to get a quote. I have no doubt in my mind that he would do a great job. But his quote was $800. That seemed very high to me. But, if that’s what needed to be done, I guess we’d do it.

There is one pine tree that is the third in a row of four trees, with the other three being Bradford Pears. The low limbs on the pine were thin. After taking a pruning shear to as much as I could get, I thought maybe a saw could really get the other limbs.

Two weeks went by, and I had to run to Home Depot to look at color swatches (normally we are a Lowe’s family) and I found a very cool-looking saw. It was a Sunday afternoon, which means a relaxing day of watching football and resting (because it is the Sabbath!), so before the Broncos game, I strolled out to give the saw a try. The first few limbs of the pine tree were effortless. And fun.

A short 30 minutes later, this:

I kind of got carried away, eh? Now, to clarify, after I trimmed the pine tree (which was pretty easy), I called JD out to ask him what he thought. He praised my work and thought it looked great. I told him I’d be right in. But, there was just this one limb I think I could do on the other tree….

At one point, a limb was so large, I remember thinking to myself: “Well, I could succeed here, or this is the end of me.” This was that limb:

So, with an $18 handsaw, I accomplished what Dale Poteet could do for $800. And don’t the trees look nice?

In some ways, I am regretting this decision because I did not think through how I would dispose of this mess or how I would feel when I was done. But, I’ll tell you, it was very fun while I was doing it!

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