What have we been up to? Trimming a tree. Seriously. That's it. It has taken us two weeks to tackle this massive project. It was awesome and fulfilling and grueling work and I'll never do it again. Probably.
It's a mulberry tree and it grows SO FAST. In the past we've hired gardeners to come and trim it. This year for some reason we tricked ourselves into doing it.
We suffer from DIYness. This is how it happened this time:
Me: "Hey, we have to get that tree trimmed."
Him: "Yeah. I should just get a saw and do it myself."
Me: "Okay, what type of saw is best? A chainsaw? Let me ask Google..."
(five minutes later)
Me: "Yep, a chainsaw."
Him: "Cool, I'll go to Home Depot."
Me: "Okay. Bye."
(twenty minutes later)
Him: "I got one. Let's do this."
Me: "Okay, awesome! I'll process the fallen branches with these clippers and make a pile. This will be fun!"
TEN BILLION HOURS LATER... and we still weren't even half finished. Holy crap it was a ton of work.
Even the boy helped:
He used a coping saw to cut off smaller branches to help make clean poles. Turns out mulberry wood was used in making poles because the branches grow so perfectly straight.
We now have a huge pile of lovely poles that will be used to build something. But more on that project later.
(That pic above was only after the first few hours. Multiply the pile by 20 and that is how many poles we have now. Seriously, it's enough for a small log cabin.)
We also have a 1/4 cord of wood stacked in our wood pile to dry out for next winter.
And of course I have a giant pile of smaller twigs and branches to do stuff with. Swoon.
So now comes the fun part, actually making something out of the branches. So glad this project is over with.