03 June 2009

Tree Lopping

Living among trees has its dangers. Some of our trees were getting too closed to the house, so we called Lionel, our tree lopper who came with his two offsiders and solved the problem for us:

Branches are too close to the roof

At the same time the paperbark tree we love so much was starting to lift our driveway. Two gigantic roots had gone under the driveway to look for moisture during the dry we had for the last few years, so they had to go.

Lionel exposed the roots but they were too thick to be cut by hand so he had to fetch the large grinder

It needed two blokes to lift the machine

Then Lionel climbed up into the tree

to cut the offending branches

And finally they turned the branches into lovely mulch which will go onto the garden.

More pictures will be on Diane's blog


  1. It's always sad to me to loose a tree- but I know it becomes necessary to do so. Yours were really causing issues - lots of work, but the results will be worth the sacrifice.

  2. Arizona doesn't have an overload of trees in the Valley of the Sun or "hot dry desert". It seems that when one is planted, there is always a reason for taking it down. I have a large one in my front yard which is the size of a postage stamp and it is slated for the guillotine soon. It's roots are creeping under the driveway. I'll miss it for the shade it provides, though. :(

  3. Oh my poor trees, hope they all shoot again next spring.

  4. Will you plant another tree there? Do trees grow fast in your country? Ours take years and years and years, but in the deep south they only take a few years to be large again.


  5. I love the Paperbark tree! But am i reading your blog correctly, Lionel just trimmed the branches of the paperbark tree and cut out one of the roots right? And the rest of the tree is still there?

    Love Carol

  6. Yes you're right Carol, He just cut a couple of branches that came too close to the roof and two rather large roots that went under the driveway. During the last few years, when it was very dry here, these two roots found cool moisture under the concrete and grew to about 250mm diameter. No wonder they lifted the driveway. Well, we put a stop to that!


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