by Daisy on 11/09/2014

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Much of the garden writing I do includes a whine or two about how little sun I have in my yard because of all the huge trees.

As our town’s favorite son was often heard to sing, a little less conversation, a little more action, please.

IMG_5470(Now that’s a chain saw).

I’m having a few trees removed.

I’ll still have enough trees to qualify as an arboretum, but my backyard will have room for more fruit trees, blueberry bushes, and hopefully a couple of nice, long rows of muscadines.

Plus, the fruit trees, shrubs, and garden veg I already have growing will have more than the six or so hours of sun they’ve been barely getting by on.

I’ll still have a good three sides of my perimeter full of trees but in the backyard I’ll have . . .

. . . A little more bite and a little less bark.


I fought the shade year after year and no matter what I tried, the shade won. You can’t fight shade. Shade always wins.

When the trees are cleared, the trunks hopefully turned into useable lumber, the branches into firewood, the twigs and leaves into mulch, a new chapter in gardening will begin. I don’t know for certain I’m up to the challenge, but I want to try.

I do know this: all that shade-ification wasn’t satisfactioning me.


Cut List:

2 – 2×4 @ 35″ (backs – cut backs from these)
2 – 2×2 @ 23 1/4″
2 – 2×2 @ 16″
2 – 2×4 @ 16″
2 – 2×2 @ 16 3/4″ (longest point measurement, one end cut at 6 degrees off square)
3 – 2×4 @ 37″
2 – 2×2 @ 37″
4 – 2×2 @ 12 1/2″
2 – 2×2 @ 17 5/8″ (ends cut to 45 degree points, longest point measurement)
4 – 2×2 @ 8 1/8″ (one end cut to 45 degree point, longest point measurement)
8 – 2×2 @ 6 1/4″ (longest point measurement, one end cut at 45 degrees off square)
8 – 2×2 @ 3 5/8″ (longest point measurement, one end cut at 45 degrees off square)
4 – 1×4 @ 40″
1 – 1×2 @ 37″

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Sallie November 11, 2014 at 9:29 am

Love the Elvis references!!! But you are putting trees back in..just not Oak trees.

Cinnamon Vogue November 11, 2014 at 1:53 pm

Absolutely love that line ” a little less conversation, a little more action, please ” and then the follow up ” A little more bite and a little less bark “. Hilarious.

Wish we had more trees here in Las Vegas. But then again we have no water. I wonder if we could just truck or rail all the excess cut trees from the East coast and change our dessert landscape. Let it compost and start greening the place. Guess it would cost too much.

Daisy November 12, 2014 at 8:17 am

CV–Thank you ;).
I guess the desert is beautiful in its own way. What a diverse planet we have.

Daisy November 12, 2014 at 8:19 am

Sallie–I keep telling myself that. I can’t wait to start planting.

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