We have been having hedge fun.
The city has a deadline for getting all this debris picked up, measured, and disposed of (probably being ground into mulch.)
Our pile includes most of our hedge down the right side of the house and about half of the left side hedge.
At first we tried to prune the broken branches, but that proved impossible.
We took the whole thing down to below most of the damage.
The pile is as high as a one-story house.
This is our street. We had to leave space for a firetruck to drive through.
All the blue sky.
Have never seen this much sky since moving here in 1990.
This was all old growth oaks and hickories and pines.
That is my two-story house behind our pile.
Yes, there are still leaning trees.
Late Friday the trucks arrived on our one block street and used truck after truck to cart away what is the first pass.
We are to haul the next bit out in the coming week.
We have a long section of hedge to trim back, but luckily there were no heavy limbs on it so there is not as much damage.
We were lucky to not lose any trees.
Here is what is left of the glorious hedge row that was once here.
That empty sky?
Used to be filled with trees.
I have gotten use to the increased sunlight, but this area of the backyard is filled with shade-loving plants.
We will see how they take to a sweltering Southern summer.
A neighbor cleaning her yard last fall gave me this cutting which I planted.
It was lying under a huge limb flat as a pancake.
As we hauled limbs, it was trampled.
Then yesterday I noticed not only had it stood up straight and tall, it had put forth this beautiful red new growth.
It is still shocking to look out at the bare spaces.
We will miss the trees.
They will grow back.
Nature always heals its wounds.
PS This was going to be a funny post, but just could not find humor in this. Sorry. I will be back to normal soon. I promise!
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