Sometime last summer we realized that the towering slippery elm (Ulmus rubra) on the mound in the back yard was thoroughly and totally dead. Besides that, a large section of the silver maple (Acer saccharinum) had also died, and one of the Norway spruces (Picea abies) along the southwest side of the yard had been dead so long all its needles were crispy brown. These were all very large trees, and we decided it was time to take them down before they came down on their own, possibly on someone, or on the neighbors’ house.
This was definitely not a job for me. These trees were far too tall and far too heavy for me to consider working on them, even if I had ever imagined myself skilled with the chainsaw. We called a professional.
Gary and his assistant Pepe were with us for four days last month while Gary cut the trees and Pepe kept the ropes secure and cleaned up the site. These pictures show part of the process of taking down the elm, which occupied most of the first two days.