Once upon a time we had a tree and this particular tree was taking over. I feared one day that tree would grow big and strong and eventually collapse on top of our house. But seriously, that poor tree wasn't hurting anyone it just was at the wrong place at the wrong time.
There's that little guy now...
It all started one afternoon when we were trying to spy on the neighbors.
(Don't judge. You know you do it too...)
People fascinate me a lot more than small trees do. But, that is a whole other conversation so moving on...The tree had been stealing my sunshine since day one and once I realized it was blocking my view I knew it was time to say goodbye.
Anna was so determined to transplant the tree from the front to the backyard. You know as her way to save the planet. Or something like that. Given the size of the little guy, we figured "Hey, no big deal. We can do that in an hour." Well, needless to say, we were proven wrong. First, Anna started digging. She had grown up watching her dad work in the yard and he made it look easy. She quickly realized that he is much stronger than her. But alas, she continued to dig.
Perhaps we would have accomplished a little more had we not worn flip flops. For safety purposes I would recommend wearing something a little more heavy duty. Like I said before we had only planned for this to be a quick little project. I wanted to move the tree and move on with our lives. There wasn't time to change shoes. Luckily, we still have all our piggies in place.
Then, there was the root. Oh, the root. The root of evil. The root of the problem. The root of these ridiculous puns. If any of you have ever tried to dig up a root, you will realize it is not possible. I don't care who you are. They go on forever.
After a quick trip to the home improvement store we were ready to tackle anything. The Lopper saved the day. A lopper is basically a giant trimmer. It snipped the root in half with no problem. The moral of this story is to always know what you are getting yourself into. It was a definite learning experience taking us, all in all, almost 4 hours to complete.
All in all we couldn't be happier with the results. We can easily creep on our neighbors without having a twiggy branch hitting us in the face while enjoying our morning coffee. We still have one more to take down, but hopefully the process will be much easier.
We even snippity snipped some of our overflowing day lillies.