Thursday, March 14, 2013

The first big gardening project of the new season...


It's not as if we have a shortage of snow, in fact, we're due another four inches tomorrow and a possible heavier storm on Monday... all the same, spring is in the air... you can feel it. Today the first large garden project of the season took place... it was cold, about 15 degrees, but the sun was warm. Despite the fact that my face was cold enough to cause me difficulty speaking, I loved tgetting started on a new year in the gardens!


You may recall a post not so long ago in which I said these five large trees really have to go... they're siberian elms and among their chief traits are messiness and sucking up all the water around them.


Well, today was the day... first task was to clear out the drifts along the highway so the work could be accomplished. A small high-hoe was perfect for this job... 


... as well as coaxing the trees to fall in the right direction...


It was as simple as one...


two...


 three...


four...


and five... (this one required a cable as it wasn't weighted in the right direction)...



In between falls each tree was chained to a up large payloader and sent a quarter mile down the road to be used to heat our neighbor's shop...




So, there you have it... of course there will be more clean-up once the snow melts, lots of twigs and such... but I was amazed... the whole deed was done in one and a half hours! What a change... I was concerned that I would be discouraged by the loss of these trees. That's definitely not the case at all as it immediately became evident that a whole new set of possibilities has been opened up!

So... here's the before...


...and here's the after...


I see magnolias, orienpet lilies, daffodils, dwarf conifers, new paths, new fences and arbors, more stone walls... I can't wait... yes indeed, the new garden season has begun at Oak lawn Cheese Factory!

Take care, Larry

14 comments:

Barbara F. said...

Wow, Larry, this was quite an undertaking but you obviously were up for it today, cold, snow and all. Thank you for taking the time to send me lilac advice. They are three little dwarf lilacs, planted in early summer 2008, they get full sun all day long. I did feed them Miracle Gro a few times, I will now get some lime. I never cut them in the spring, only in the fall (my garden helper did that). I was wondering about Epsom salts. Someone told me that might help? Thanks again.

Beth said...

Hi Larry, You were busy today, and I think you did a fine thing. It looks better and the messiness and sucking up water things are done! Today I saw birds with straw going into two of my birdhouses. I've also seen a number of robins around. I have to think spring is right around the corner!
Blessings, Beth

Nell at njschout said...

Enjoyed you photos! New open areas definitely open up new possibilities. : ) Like the red barn in the back ground.

Laurrie said...

What a dramatic change! It's amazing how such large trees are taken down. I agree that the loss is not so bad -- the open space is fine as is, or maybe you'll want to plant something else, something much nicer along that strip. Feels good, doesn't it, to have this major project finally done!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What a difference and I can sense your excitement at all of the new possibilities for this area.

Enjoy & happy spring,

FlowerLady

Sunray Gardens said...

The nice thing about losing something is of course you get to plan the new. Will be fun watching what you do with all this space.
Cher Sunray Gardens

Claudia Fugate said...

Amazing, the difference. What do you plan for that area now? Just letting in the sun is enticing, esp. on 15 degree days, isn't it? Enjoy the spring, whenever it comes.

Dragonfly Treasure said...

OK I need some of your energy and stamina!! That was a BIG job done. You're a man of many talents.
Have a great weekend
*hugs*deb

Orchids and Nature said...

That was a fair big project and will generate new enthusiasm. Your temperatures are far lower than ours in our part of the world. Today it's reached 5c about 41f but it's wet and windy with more wet snow forecast for tonight. But at last the frogs have started spawning in our pond.

Christys Cottage Wildlife Garden said...

Wow Larry...you certainly jumped into spring in a BIG way!! I think it looks much better and as you said, now there are all kinds of opportunities to do other things with this space. I can't wait to see what you come up with! Hurray for spring projects!

Landscape Design By Lee said...

Wow...still lots of snow by you but you have certainly gotten a jump start on things. Now you can have fun planning your new space! Enjoy and looking forward to what you come up with.

Toni said...

Wow, and I thought I was off to a good start getting some sod ripped out to expand my front garden. Your project certainly takes spring projects up a notch :-) Some people really cringe when you remove trees, but I say, hey, if they were not performing for you as you'd like, then rip 'em out and improve the area. I can't wait to see the progression!! Have fun with it, but take care of yourself in the process!

Alistair said...

Hi Larry, I have just been preparing my next post where I talk of removing a large Sycamore. I can certainly picture how your new planting area will look. Oh, you still have so much snow, we had a two inch covering a few days ago, all gone now with signs of Spring in the air.

carolynsshadegardens.com said...

When it is 15 degrees, I huddle by the fire and hope that no plants are up too early. I am always amazed how you take on these massive projects so easily and then imagine so many more projects to fill the space. I admire your energy level.