The blackflies will descend (or emerge) upon us shortly. So
yardwork that requires extended time outdoors, particularly
when the evening hours are only available, is best to be done
not much later than now.
I have a problematic tree that was extending its topmost
branches through the overhead phone line, and the middle
(neutral) of the power feed. The upper branches were poised to
reach the top high-voltage line shortly.
I really hate that tree. I regret that I didn't manage my
yardwork over the years the nip that sucker at the roots years
ago. Well, a lot of things have happend over the years and that
part of the property had low priority for me overall. So, I
hate myself more.
But, I decided to tackle the job. I got home from my shop at
about 5p, grabbed my hand saw, and pole pruner and went at it.
About 45 minutes later, here are the results:
I left the resolution rather high so that zooming in can
provide some details.
I couldn't simply saw that tree down at the base because the
upper branches were already weaving though the lower and middle
wires. I used a combination of a pole-extension pruner (don't
know the official term for those things - but you can spot it
leaning against the tree near the handsaw and my gloves in a
couple of the pictures) to snip the highest branches first, and
then I used the handsaw to remove the lower ones when there
wouldn't be problem of anything leaning into the wires.
I have to be impressed with myself as I maneuvered all through
its branches. I had to use the hand saw at the highest
remaining spots in the picture. But I left some strategic
branches for footing higher up for stability while holding on
with one hand.
Looking closely, the top part in t2 and t1 looks like a hand
with a thumb and fingers.
I have some "before" shots from a few months ago. I'll post
those later for comparison if anyone is interested.
I'm glad that's done. Now I can safely cut down the rest of it
with a couple of single cuts near the bottom.
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