Sunday, December 20, 2015


Yesterday, Peru's Tree Service arrived with 4 guys, a huge crane, a wood chipper, and a bobcat to work on cutting down our very tall, very large, very dead ash tree that sits between our house and our neighbor's house to the west.  Talk about a nerve-wracking job, just watching!!  

I don't know how these guys do this but they were A++, working quickly, efficiently, and the boss, Jesus Izquierda, was there all the way, directing, running the bobcat (to put the large trunks of the tree into the chipper).  The guy who was hoisted on the crane into the top of the tree couldn't be afraid of heights or danger, but it made me hold my breath until he got his feet placed on a solid trunk.  

The company is named Peru's Tree Service because the owner, Jesus, is from Peru.  He works 7 days a week while he is here, closes up the business December 20th and returns to Peru to see him family for a couple of months.  This job was delayed from Monday (when we had rain and wind and rain and wind get the idea), so I am so glad it could be done today.  

After the man in the tree cut large sections of the tree away, the crane lifted it up and over to the ground in the front yard or close to the road, where it was cut up into manageable pieces to stuff into the wood chipper.

You see all that junk leftover from the tree touching the ground and the limbs being cut off?  They did not wait until the end of the job to clean up, but cleaned up the roadway each time so neighbors could drive in and out without going over all that stuff.  Very good cleanup along the way and I was impressed with that.

When the parts became too large for one or two men to load it into the chipper, Jesus got into the Bobcat and lifted and pushed the larger parts in.  

After several sections were done, the trimmer finally got to the trunk of the tree (still almost even with the roof of our house).  Cutting that away, he then stood on the deck and cut away the largest trunk piece.  While this was going on, they were cutting down a yew bush that was taking over the driveway, it was growing so large; and another guy got into the oak on the other side and trimmed some dead branches away.

We didn't have them take it down to the roots, just down below the deck.  I know the shrubs and other stuff will grow up around it soon enough for the birds to still be happy - and they didn't harm the oak tree that was right beside it.  Nothing fell on the house except small limbs and sawdust and they did a great job cleaning the yard and the neighbor's yard - and even stacked and oak limbs for our neighbor to use as firewood, putting it in his backyard for him.  

This job ended a week of catching up from being away for 2 weeks (why do you always need a vacation a week after you return from vacation??), errands, doctors appointments and tests (for my mother), worry (tests turned out normal for her!), running, sending out cards, shopping, etc., and I am glad to see the end of it.  Now, on to wrapping those last-minute gifts and planning those wonderfully relaxing (pass the bourbon, please!) holiday visits with family...

I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season.  Take care of yourself and each other - we're all we've got!  (And just for fun, when at a drive-thru or in line at Starbucks or a restaurant, pay it forward and make someone's day!)

See you in 2016!


E.M. Corsa said...

I love how you documented this. Hope you kept a piece of that tree. I have a piece of my myrtle in the bathroom after a hurricane took it down. Cheaper than a tree removal service!

Toni said...

Great service. I wonder if they were extra responsible because the job was being documented or are they just a conscientious crew?

Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Gary L. Everest said...

Hey Rhonda,
Wow! Never realized a chipper could eat industrial-size logs!! It's easy to see why you were so nervous, too. That was one huge tree.
Happy it turned out so well and for the peace of mind its removal will bring both you and the neighbors.
Have a wonderful evening and of course, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

Sadami said...

Wish you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Please take a rest well and relax yourself. Best wishes, Sadami

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

its interesting watching them cut down tall trees. i watched the tree in the back being cut down, had to go since the roots were messing up the drains and consistently clogging the sewer up.much lighter in the house now lol some of the pieces were huge when they put them in the chipper, makes for good covering I guess for parks :)

happy holidays and enjoy your Bourbon :)

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Elizabeth; I wish I had kept a slice of that tree but I didn't think of it until it was too late.

Toni, I think they are just very hard workers when the boss is there "directing" them - hope he pays them well! Thanks so much for stopping by and for taking the time to comment. I like your blog - your sense of humor - and will stop in again after the holidays.

Gary, larger bits than this were fed into the chipper! Amazing! I had no idea how they cleared all the stuff but they were tidy and efficient. We are supposed to have thunder storms and possibly 70 mph winds this evening so I am glad that dead tree is no longer a threat.

Sadami, I am wishing you all the best this holiday season and that 2016 is even better than last year (and that you. heal quickly without any continuing problems from the fall).

Unlike our neighbors, we like to keep our trees and leaves unless it's a danger to the house and neighbors (which this was). I've tried putting birdseed on the stump left but the birds won't touch it!

Deborah Nolan said...

Dear Rhonda this looks like quite a job. Isn't it fun to watch how they take a tree down in chunks. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year. Hugs!

baili said...

cutting a tree down makes me always little sad as i am little extra sensitive about removing them from their place where they used to belong for long time 'my husband always advises me to cut our old neem tree which during the whole year sprinkle its leaves ,fruits kind of thing and tiny branches but still my heart is attached to it deeply as it was my first living thing when we moved in to this house and gave me company after my husband left for office ,liked you blog and sharing so much ,Happy Christmas