Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Better.



I love the commenters who think we shouldn't have removed the tree. Guess what? There's another giant fucking tree right behind it! Lucky me. I live a block from an arboretum. Those trees can clean my air for me.

This yard needed a haircut. Much better.

55 comments:

Annie said...

Oh that's too funny! I wish I lived near there b/c I'd send my hubby by to pick up that wood!

Anonymous said...

I think it's unsafe to be blocking the sidewalk like that. How is Cousin Eddie supposed to access your sewer drain with his RV pump?

Decorno said...

Oh, as soon as Eddie and his friends are done with their log-carving competition, they will clear a space to access it. Don't worry.

Amanda Calhoun said...

Word. Trees that destroy your house, cars and life have to go. I'm sure Decorno will plant some more. Living in Washington you might be able to sell the wood and get a tax break... we have some relatives out there that did that. They probably bought an RV with the $.

Bailey @ peppermintbliss said...

Tree huggers...What are you gonna do? I recently had to take down a tree in my yard that looked like a giant penis and dropped berries all over the place and people were in an uproar. Listen, if you want a giant berry dropping penis in your front yard and you can figure out how to get the tree there, it's yours, but if not, its coming down. The yard looks great btw...

Anonymous said...

Damn, that was a lot of tree for such a small space! I don't blame you for wanting to get rid of it. When we moved in to our place, there was a huge, million years old juniper blocking half of the front of the house. We pulled that sucker out 2 days after we had the keys and never, ever regretted it.

An Aesthete's Lament said...

Bravo! A smaller, less invasive tree might be nice. Something flowering perhaps? In any case, your rooms must be flooded with light right now. And your grass will likely thank you.

mortimersmom said...

I have an enormous maple in front of my house that already cost me a new sewer line AND threatens to fall on my house every ice storm. but the city won`t let us cut it. so the gardner is slowly poisoning it...

Decorina said...

Big improvement. Your house looks lovely.

sarah said...

Holy fucking tree trunk.

The Countess of Nassau County said...

Okay I admit it, ever since the j-rods in my neighborhood took down a georgeous maple (sans permit of course) because it was "dirty" (what the HELL, move to a fuc*&# golf course!!) and replaced it with a FOUNTAIN that would make Tony Soprano cringe, my left eye begins twitching whenever I hear a saw.

I'm a fan from way back, hilarious anal bleaching posts included. But I'm sticking by my threat to hurt you if I see pictures of some wacky water feature in the future!!

MoreSkinnyDays said...

My dad says wood must season for two years before it becomes firewood. How does Decorno feel about tree trunk tables? Sadly Dad has no advice on seasoning those.

Decorno said...

Trust me - no water features! And yes we are going to replant and put a smaller tree there. The whole yard is going to get a makeover.

The Glam Lamb said...

HAHAHA!! I agree, losing the tree completely manicured your yard. you are really funny.

style-for-style said...

wow you can actually see your house now.

sierra said...

ahh, lookit all that firewood!

Snowiye said...

You have a very pretty house, what style is it?

Decorno said...

Snowiye, thanks. I am not sure. I just googled it and it seems that it's a "Tudor Revival" house, which is pretty common in Seattle.

(The info is from Classic houses of Seattle: high style to vernacular, 1870-1950 By Caroline T. Swope)

Mrs. Blandings said...

The whole place looks like it can breathe now.

Carrie said...

Big trees are nice, but the whole filling your house with poop thing makes it pretty silly to criticize your decision.

Jackie and Roseanne said...

It looks fab.

Kwana said...

Good for you. You've gotta do what you gotta do. We've had so many near misses with tree limbs this year. It's so dangerous. Better to be safe.

Decorno said...

Thanks everyone.

Anonymous said...

looks great! now you need to get rid of the shrubs too . . ..

Decorno said...

We're working on it. They are taking the boxwood out and giving the laurel a haircut, and then we need to figure out what comes next.

Jennifer said...

Jeezuz. My first thought was - That mess looks fucking expensive. Are ya getting the stump pulled too? Yikes!!!

Decorno said...

I know. $4200. I can think of so many other ways I would have liked to spend that money. They are gringing the stump today. It will all be gone soon. Some guy is hauling the wood away today which is great. Paying the tree company to remove it all would have been an extra $600.

Lisa said...

Fuck the tree.

Fuck the 6 I had taken out of my yard (which, the tree guys told me were at least 70 years old each).

I bought the property, nature can make way for me.

We have parks that are protected from people like me, so I'm not afraid of you ELF people (and not the Santa kind).

AppleTree said...

I have been trying to bribe someone to cut down the giant black walnut in my yard for months. I can't afford the estimates, but the tree is holding up our entire landscaping project. It drop greasly slimy walnuts in the fall, twigs in the spring and pods in the summer. It kills every other plant within range and grass won't grow under it. Good for you. I am so jealous!

Anonymous said...

I love your house! Now that the tree has been removed it has much more presence!

An Aesthete's Lament said...

Can you recycle the boxwood at all? Elsewhere on the property, rather than as a hedge? At the size they are now, those are plants with a major pricetag! Send them my way ...

Bloggers Abode said...

Ahhhh stump grinders. I went out with a guy once that did that. He was LOADED. Well, the money is well spent as the impact on the curb appeal is going to be priceless for sure as yes, your home is adorable.

Anonymous said...

I would love to be able to say: "My boyfriend is a stump grinder."

The Blasphemous Fiendess said...

Haha-my dirty mind thought going out with a guy who did stump grinding meant something else......anyhow it looks great although I too covet the firewood. How about some nice rhododendrons? In Seattle they would grow well. So would a star magnolia. Your house needs a formal looking garden-sort of four square in design or maybe a Japanese style.

jen said...

Stump grinders really make that much money? Interesting.
Nice landscaping move, Decorno. Can't wait to see the finished product. Maybe you should put in a small water feature just to annoy "the Countess"...

Tami said...

When I moved into my house I had 7 trees and 7 bushes in my backyard which is the size of your front yard shown in the picture. WTF? I moved in and pulled 5 trees out immediately and left 3 small Cherry Blossoms which get on my last damn nerve. Every year they have a disease and grow too damn much! I let one tree die and this summer I'm chopping 1 down...then there was 1. Oh, those bushes went with the other trees and guess what I love my yard. Everyone thought I was crazy and I told them they can kick rocks! Can't wait to see your yard makeover!

Kel said...

Man that is one big ginormous tree! I hope you're saving all that wonderful wood for your fireplace and um...other woody stuff. Your house looks great, btw!

MerciBlahBlah said...

Eh, they're probaly the same wackadoos that think you shouldn't hang a TV over your fireplace.... Oh no she din't...Oh yes I did! Girl, do what you gotta do with your own damn trees, and as a reader with a TV installed proudly above my own fireplace, I wholeheartedly support that decision too.
Word.
Merci!
Shannan

home before dark said...

I wish (and your part of the woods should be on top of this) we had better regulation for tree planting, lot size, boundaries. My neighbor 40 years ago and she long dead, planted such a cute little ash tree less than 12" from property line to give HER instant gratification. Well, that IG was on top of my roof and new occupant said, "I'm going to wait until a storm takes it out so my insurance will pay for it." A huffy see you in court conversation incurred. Now the two others are that big. They loom over my property, my $5000 trellis/fence. The law in my city says you can chop off what's on your property but you really can't make a neighbor pay to trim their trees off your property. What about that makes sense. I think your lot looks much better with being overtaken inside out by a tree much to big for its property. And I worship trees. Look forward to seeing what Decorno will plant.

joanny said...

I never thought I would say this -- but sometimes a tree just has to come out-- the problem is when people plant these trees they never think about how close to the house and how fast these trees will grow especially here in the Northwest where we leave. In the winter they can be hazardous to the homes and cars etc. Look at last years snow and ice snows. I was visiting a friend in Olympia and left the day of the storm Lucky for me for a big sucker of a tree came crashing through the quest bedroom -- crushing the bed, doing extensive damage to that part of the house. Plant sensible -- know your trees --- You did what you had to do...
Joanny
the dowser's daughter

Anonymous said...

There are wood workers out there that covet huge trees for a variety of reasons. Some make furniture, others cut it and then season it to make special wood projects. We use Freecycle.org in our area to find folks who want wood, etc. Those of you who want to get rid of big trees ought to advertise in the paper first and then watch your tree get recycled. Congrats Decorno...your home is gorgeous....analisa in Texas

Skitzo Leezra Studio said...

Here in southwest Louisiana, we love trees . . .until hurricane force winds drop them in our houses. Citizens cut down many trees after the last hurricane season because the ones that didn't fall, MIGHT. My house has two trees planted entirely too close to the house. It's as if the landscaper didn't believe that the trees might grow in the future.
My mantra for brown furniture also fits for trees:
Just because it's wood,
it doesn't mean it's good
.

Lolo said...

Good for you guys. One of my many peeves are trees that outlive their purpose in the suburban landscape. People, if you plant a hemlock ten feet from your house you're growing a monster that will eventually take out someone's roof, at the least. Sheesh.

There are so many lovely trees that top out at around 15 feet, why plant something that was meant to tower in a forest?

Sharon said...

As I've posted before, you have quite the gift of stirring up a lively discussion. Merry Tree Removal!

Decorno said...

Skitzo:

Sigh. I wish I'd kept that mantra in mind during my whoring early 20s. Oh well.

holly goes lightly said...

Decorno -- I lived right around the corner from you in a tiny tudor behind a white picket fence on Lake Wash Blvd. I had a huge tree in the yard that the prior owners had let get completely out of control -- honestly, what else can you do? The damn thing had to go -- it dropped huge branches on the house & fence, dripped stuff that made the stucco & fence green, and was generally a nuisance. And please, Countess, back off -- I planted 6 more rationally sized minitature crab apple trees in its place.

Cynthia said...

We took out a 40 ft pine that was causing rot on the side of our house. (Seattle - rain + shade from the tree meant siding was damp 10 months a year...) It was planted between us and the neighbors house. About 15 feet of room it filled up completely. The arborist agreed - it's not a space for giant trees.

We got a lot of tsk-tsking for it.
Um, sorry - house rot or a tree? We'll replant. Just something appropriately scaled, like a Japanese Maple.

Harvey Millstein, Certified Arborist said...

You monster.

Debra said...

Send that tree "feller" our way, the next door neighbors have a huge ginkgo tree(the stinky kind) and all fall and early winter we get the lovely fragrance , they are beautiful trees but peeuuuh!!! Love your tudor!!!

John said...

Sometimes a tree must be sacrificed. Love the house and can't wait to see the finished project.

Christina said...

Dang that shit's big.

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sarah said...

God you make me laugh out loud. The yard looks fabulous.

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Anonymous said...

I live in a neighborhood with a tree fetish. If I had done that the tree police would have already storm trooped my front door. Go for it. The house looks much better. When no one's looking, take out the second tree.