Yesterday could have been one of the worst days of our life, if we put all of our energy into anger. Instead, we’re going to let the Company that decimated our backyard handle the situation. A yard that once looked like this:
Now looks like this!
Our stately, old Walnut tree was in the throes of death. Branches were decaying and falling and we could foresee ourselves having to buy our neighbors home when one of the larger limbs fell thru it. It was time to bid it adieu. We called several Tree Services, listened to the spiel of what they would do and how much it would cost us, and finally decided to go with a service we had used twice in the past. They lined out what they would do, and we told them our stipulations:
- Our large, full Butterfly Bush was to remain.
- Neither of our Neighbors yards were to be touched.
- The Stump was to be as low as possible
Everything else was what we considered common sense, and shouldn’t have to be itemized to the semi-intelligent crew . . . or so it seemed!
When the crew arrived I went out to greet them and went over what we wanted with one of the crew members. He asked if they could remove the arbor since they had a piece of equipment to get in our back yard. I specifically said, NO. It was a heavy, Amish Built item and had been installed securely and I’d rather not have to go through that again! I’ll comment on that later in this post.
I took the man over to the end of the hedge and showed him ONE section of the hedge that could be removed, and the tall bushes separating our neighbor’s yard from ours that could be cut back. He said that would work. I also reiterated my above three concerns.
The arrow in the picture above is the stump from the only part of the hedge I authorized. You can see the stumps from the other two between the authorized one and end of the hedge. I guess he thought it was a suggestion. The bush I said they could trim is on the right ~ they could have had a nice spot to go through there. We had already measured by the time the crew showed up.
The only part of our conversation he retained was the part about the Arbor not being removed, and they broke that instead. It is scratched up and now sways back and forth, with the top part electrical taped on to the bottom part. There are gouges and marks on the paint, and the security of the base has been compromised. The Honeysuckle vine looks like . . . well, you can imagine! and the base is broken causing the whole thing to sway back and forth!
Oh to have the yard we had in 2014. Before the tree took a turn for the worse and when I had a thriving, beautiful Butterfly Bush! Imagine that Bush with a year more of growth! It was beautiful! It’s that bush with the purple flowers right in front of the tree!
Can you find it today?? Neither can I!
The Boom was up in the air, a man sawing the limb, getting it into a sling and then dropping the log to the ground. The sling would sway back and forth with the piece of the limb in it until they dropped it . . . right on the Butterfly Bush, as I watched from my Library window . . . weeping silently for it’s demise.
The tree is gone; the Butterfly Bush is gone and more of my hedge than I wanted gone is missing, but life goes on.
This all happened on Wednesday and we made known our displeasure with the job. The owner of the company sent his right hand man out to check on it on Thursday. He could not believe the mess we had and said he’d make sure the man in charge would be in touch with us! . . . and he was. He was more than displeased with his crew and promised to make everything right.
Our neighbor behind us pulled up as we were talking in the alley and he went up and introduced himself to our neighbor and said he’d make everything right for him as well ~ and he’ll even cut one of his trees! He wanted to start tomorrow, but Steve our neighbor is Jewish and it’s their Sabbath, and besides, Jim and I are heading to NYC for the day.
. . . First things first, you know.