Here's another one of those day-in-the-lifestories of an arborist. If this is too boring for some, what did you do yesterday? 

It's a job that involves removal of 5 Douglas fir trees, 75-80'tall, in a narrow back yard. The only limb lowering necessary was over a high wall to the rear of the property. 

Here's Jeff up on the stick he is chunking down.  After this tree, he became a ground man for the rest of the job.  Jeff has a small but clear lawn strip to drop the pieces on, and it ended up looking like the cratered surface of Mars.  So much for collateral damage.  The yard is to be re-landscaped.  The tough part of this job was bringing the wood out to the front and loading it up in the trucks. 

I did the other 4 trees, and have already stripped the brush off, and come down out of the tree by the chimney.  There is room to drop all the trees when they are this height, and we left pull ropes hanging in them to control their fall.  My first tree was located more in the center of the lawn strip, and did not involve lowering any brush.  Later, this tree became an obstacle to the sections of wood that were dropped from the two trees on the right.  In a later picture, you'll see how it became a stump so that the wood did not hit it and bounce over the back wall out into the street. 

The lot slopes upwards from front to rear.  Notice how low the street grade is.  The house sits up higher, and the rear lawn is on a third terrace up.  It was good for dragging armloads of brush out downhill along the left side of the house.  It was bad for dropping logs, because there was the distinct possibility of hitting the terrace bank and catapulting wood down into the back wall of the house.  The soft lawn allowed the pieces to embed themselves in the dirt and generally stay put.  The only work that bounced off this stump was the last piece off the large tree to the right.  It gave us a thrill when it flipped, but by then, much wood was piled up as a barrier, just above the bank, where it came to rest.