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Taking Down the Tree – DOT

dotboneHappy Dogs on Thursday!  This has been a busy week for Sydney.  She and Dad have had yard work every afternoon.  The biggest job was taking down the “mighty” tulip poplar that was a favorite spot for her squirrels.  Here’s the story:

The "Mighty" Tulip Poplar
The "Mighty" Tulip Poplar

T brought home a skinny seedling from elementary school for Arbor Day about 17-18 years ago.  We planted it in the backyard and it grew into a large tulip poplar.  Over the years, it has provided privacy, shade for the yard and a goldfish pond, homes for birds and squirrels and beautiful yellow blooms.  Dad noticed this summer than a fungus was growing up the trunk and had begun rotting the wood.  We had another poplar fall in a wind storm several years ago and it damaged the house and totaled the truck.  It was a hard decision but we knew that soon this tree would have to come down.  If we left it alone and it fell on it’s own, it would take down half the deck.

So on Sunday, Dad and Sydney spent the afternoon trimming the lowest branches off the tree.  Sydney was a HUGE help.

Dad cut the branches and threw them to the ground.
Dad cut the branches and threw them to the ground . . .
Syd would scoop up the branches and dash around the yard.
. . . Syd scooped them up and dashed across the yard . . .
. . . finally settling down for a good chew.
. . . finally settling down for a good chew.
When mom came out with the camera, Syd hid behind the branches.
Syd tried to ignore Mom with the camera and hide in the pile of branches.

On Monday, the tree had to come down.

This time Syd supervised from the safety of the deck.
This time Sydney supervised from the safety of the deck.

Dad cut the wedge in the trunk so the tree would fall in the empty space of the yard and then started sawing on the other side.  He worked a long time, first on one side of the tree and then on the other.  The poor tree just didn’t want to give in.  He had to cut deeper on the back side.  Finally, it was beaten and with the help of a firm breeze the poplar fell . . . in the other direction.  Ah . . . the best laid plans . . .

The poplar just didn't want to give up, but finally it toppled over.
The poor poplar just didn't want to give up, but finally it toppled over.
Syd congratulates Dad on a job well done!
Dad and Sydney celebrate a job well done!

Hop on over to Dogs on Thursday to see what other folks and their pups have been up to.

Enjoy your day!

jjj

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3 thoughts on “Taking Down the Tree – DOT

  1. A couple of our poplars got a weird fungus too with little bitty worms all over the leaves…gross, we took them out too. Great pictures of Sydney! Happy DOT!

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