When George bought a chainsaw last year, I had no idea what was in store for our property. The main attraction of our property use to be all the trees and the shade and privacy they provided, but not anymore! George has cut down a few trees in the back yard, but after the county came and cut down three mature bradford pear trees in the front yard (in the power lines) he has directed his attention on the front yard. A couple of Saturdays ago, my Father & Son tree service cut down two trees in the right side of the front yard (bottom picture). George tied his repelling rope around the tree and on the back of his Samari and had Forrest drive the Samari forward, guiding the tree to fall in the right direction as George did the cutting. I wished I had this on video as it was a sight to see! He and Forrest had this particular tree cut down, branches to the street and logs cut and stacked within an hour!
So far, George has cut down fourteen trees in the front yard and we still have a couple in the back yard to go. I have to admit, I do like the property better now than before. I asked George how much we have saved by doing this ourselves and he said on average, it's $1200-$1800 or more to have a tree cut down (depending on size of tree) so we've saved a a big chunk. The best part about cutting down our own trees is having stacks of wood for the stove during winter time. By the time it's all said and done, we'll have 5-6 years worth of fuel for winter!