Monday, September 12, 2011

In the morning - that tree dies.

Okay, this is what I found out about my problem tree. It's an Australian Willow.

These trees apparently have a shallow root base. So, chopping the roots is out. And honestly, by the way it is leaning - one good storm could cause it to topple. The root structure is too wide to do the right thing and put some river rocks over the top.

Contractors are however hungry. A crew was working down the street on a house they are trying to sell. He came over - and he'll be back in the morning.

He isn't going to chop it down though. He's going to pull it out with a big rock truck.

The tard in me is excited. Hulk smash! The homeowner in me says "I've seen those half hour comedy shows - this never ends well".


  1. Hulk smash, hahaha! As long as it doesn't smash into that wall in the front yard, right? Either way, it's blog fodder... :P

    So, does this mean you found a replacement tree after all? (What kind?)

  2. Yesterday my top choice was frisia locust.


    Now I'm worried it might look like easter threw up on my house. I already have a yellow maple, and my neighbors house is yellow.

  3. It definitely has one of the more interesting wiki pages I've seen for a tree.

    You can eat parts of it. Part are poisonous. And if it pisses me off, I can cut it down and use it's wood. Which is apparently awesome.


    Still it has an invasive feature.

  4. And it's a honey tree, so you'd make some bees very happy. It would be nice if you could get the wild variety (white blossoms) as opposed to the Easter barf yellow cultivar.

    Aren't most trees "invasive" to some extent? The wiki page said it's only considered invasive in some areas. Is California one of them?

  5. Yeah. I think I'm leaning against that yellow. I guess I will have to keep looking. That tree is quite the bummer. Now I'm under pressure to find a tree. It's almost October. By the end of the season everything looks torched. And I have to start laying sod in two weeks. Two weeks!

    Re: evasiveness. I thought evasiveness depended on frost. Things are less invasive when they have to go through a few hard freezes, It kills everything back.

    We are on the border with maybe two hard freezes a year. I think most trees can tolerate that. Except those stupid jacaranda trees. Apparently they are the sissies of the tree world.