Big hole tidy up

Last year we took the cherry tree out from the south side of the house and moved it up the hill a little in preparation for the eventual garage to go in.

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What an intrepid bunch of burly blokes!

That left a fairly giant hole, and over the summer it dried up and became a flourishing weed patch. The whole area is a bit of a mess, with dirt flung over the grass in a vague attempt to level things out. Time was of the essence. Now it’s time to tidy it up before it gets completely out of hand.

There used to be a giant Vic ash growing next to the cherry, but it was chopped down well before we arrived on the scene. True to style, Carl left the stump there. The top got chopped off while the cherry tree was getting dug out, but the job remained to get the rest of it out of there.

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Since we’re hard core around here, out comes the fork, the shovel and the axe. Down we go, one root at a time.

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Okay, maybe that’s actually a lot of work. We might need to blunt the chain on the chain saw a few times to get this job done.

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Dismantling as we go. That wood is like rock and weighs a tonne.

 

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Getting underneath a root is the hardest thing. The dirt underneath is super-hard, compacted down by the weight of the tree. It never occurred to me that trees create their own kind of rocky bed to stand on before.

 

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Wash the dirt off when we can to save the chainsaw chain. The grain goes every which way so it won’t come away with the splitter – it has to be cut.

A metre and half down and 7 weeks later, we finally get to the bottom of it. Well, far enough below ground so that it won’t poke up.

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Bonus: the rock tax. These will make a nice bit of wall.

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The hole gets filled in and then we get on to flattening out the rest. This will make another nice sunny vege patch. The cut on the left is about where there garage wall will go.

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