I just checked the stats and it weighs over 14 pounds - no wonder my arms were tired after using it!
Two views of the rope arrangement.
Thar she goes!
And it's down. That's when I stepped in and cut the tree into pieces, plus I cut all the branches off of the trunk. It was quite fun, and I fully admit that the Monty Python "I'm a Lumberjack and I'm OK" song was going through my head as I sawed away!
My view afterward. I also trimmed off some dead branches from some smaller trees and the yaupon shrubs. I had to stop myself from going overboard, because the plants are just beginning to green out, and I didn't want to mistakenly cut anything live.
Our front yard is looking really good, if I do say so myself! As I mentioned last week, we decided to switch to decorative pots for the area near our front door, due to poor drainage - our plants were always drowning. We had some pots, bought a few more, and went from an inkling of an idea:
Since we aren't trying to keep that area as dry, we took off the ugly plastic downspout from the gutter and bought some river stone for the water to drain onto. About an hour after I took this picture, it started raining once again (seriously, we're good - send this rain to California!), and the river rocks were underwater. We might build it up a little more (Jeff said something about putting a layer of lava rock underneath the prettier gray stones), but it seems to be working, and it sure looks nicer.
We bought all perennials, and except for one, everything requires only part sun. Luckily, Lowe's has a one-year guarantee on their plants, so I'll put the receipts in my gun safe (LOL) and if anything doesn't make it, we'll replace it for free. Here's the close up:
Top left: Cordyline; bottom left: Asparagus Fern;
Middle top: Cleyera; middle: Canyon Creek Abelia; bottom: Galaxy English Daisy;
Far right: Flax Lily
I have more to show you, but this post is long enough, so I'll save those pictures for the Friday Mishmash. Thanks for making it this far!