Kensington, MD, July 16, 2015 — It has been the second wettest summer on record in our area. According to the Washington Post weather section, we are 10 inches above normal. That’s a lot of sop in a region that gets a respectable amount of rainfall in a normal year. It’s also the reason not a lot of work has been done in our back yard this summer so far.
My excuses include wet ground, squadrons of mosquitoes, ticks (remember that the herds of deer that frequent out backyard salad bowl are a reservoir species for Lyme disease), and the simple need to come up with a valid plan of attack.
Pictures are worth a thousand words and you can see that we brought in some heavy artillery.
The first job was to clear out a lot of brush that included some deer-shredded azalea and aucuba japonica and a couple of ragged holly shrubs. We did the second phase over the past couple of days.
Wednesday I felled eight volunteer saplings of various species. Some may have derived from bird droppings while others are the offspring of more mature trees in our yard. I bucked them up with my new Stihl MC 261 chainsaw and stashed them between our driveway and our neighbor’s to await the arrival of David Gregg’s Tree Service – folks we’ve been using for more than 20 years.
David Gregg and company are the heavy artillery. They don’t mess around with saplings. The take on the big boys that will crush your house if they fall on it. They do it without harming anything nearby and you hardly can tell they were there.
We had two mature trees that had to go. One was a rotten silver maple and the other a locust that is growing too close to an ancient tulip poplar that our county would never allow us to remove without a good reason.