This summer’s June 29 derecho did a real number on our house, landscape, and lawn. Our house is back to normal, thank goodness, but our yard is still a mess. We’ve been waiting on a tree service to remove two trees that could cause future damage before we begin to repair our lawn. Last week they came back to remove a giant poplar and a huge sycamore. I hated to remove these tree but don’t care to have house damage in the future, so they had to go.
Removing these trees provided quite a few chips that I can use next year. I marked the picture below showing the sycamore that was removed. Both trees are pretty messy and I won’t miss cleaning up after them.
The stump of the poplar is huge. After school one afternoon I put on my garden clogs to snap a few pictures. If this stump were any wider, I would have started to go into a split position to straddle it.
When it gets cooler and the ground isn’t so hard, we’ll have to work on repairing the fence. I’d like to continue it up the hill. It used to stop where you see the poplar stump, that section was crushed in the storm.
Our plan is to fill in the ruts with topsoil and then have Southern Landscape help us to replant the grass. The soil will need to be loosened and they have equipment that can do this quickly. It would be nice if we could repair the damage on our own, but the project is too big for us to tackle.
I’ll also have some landscaping to do but that will probably have to wait until 2013. On a positive note, it’s always fun to have a new project to plan!