Beautiful in bloom but my Ceanothus is for the chopBy Linda Fort
July 30, 2010
Thinking time can often be some of the most valuable effort you put into your garden.
I have had a dying tree oppressing me for weeks and I have agonised about how to deal with it.
Without much thinking and with the help of my son I cut the top half of the tree off.
It was an extraordinarily difficult business and I left the top half in the drive and the bottom half where it stood wondering how I was going to tackle the rest of the job.
I finally settled on a plan to hire a powered alligator saw and set about finding out where I could get one.
Fortunately complication over the hire – the shop shut at lunch time so I was going to have to hire for a weekend rather than the four hours that I wanted – made me put off the transaction, although I was fired up by the thought of using this enormous lethal-looking tool.
But as I drove back from the shop mulling over the cost of the project and the fact that I was actually going to have to buy the blades – for £11 – made me pause and drop into a hardware shop on the way home.
There I bought a new lopping saw for £12 – just like the one I had tried to cut the tree down with two weeks before.
The difference, of course, was that it is new and still has a proper handle grip on it instead of a raw metal tube.
“I’ll just give this a bit of a go,” I thought. “If it doesn’t work, I have a new lopping saw which I know I will use endlessly in the garden, so nothing wasted.”
I sat on my bottom with one leg on either side of the nine inch diameter trunk – yes, that is all, what is the fuss about, it’s hardly a giant redwood.
I started to saw and the new blade zipped through the wood like a bread knife through butter.
No snagging, no sticking, no difficulty whatsoever.
After about an hour, I had not only cut down the remainder of the tree, but cut the whole lot up and put it in the boot of my car.
The thought of doing that job had oppressed me for weeks, but some well applied thinking time had eventually made the job easier and less expensive.
Never do today what you can put off and think about till tomorrow – that is what I always say.
I am sorry to say goodbye to the mighty Ceanothus arboreus ‘Trewithen Blue’, but now I have the pleasure of finding something to replace it.