Wednesday, August 14, 2013

House Project 1: Trees

One way to get more house for less money is to buy a house that is less desirable to the general population. In my new area, this means to buy a very big house. Most people don't need a big house and don't want one. Next, find one that isn't quite as beautiful as a brand new track home, no bells and whistles and some really ugly parts. If the house has been used as a group home of some kind, all the less expensive and all the more huge. If it's got a really big yard, but it's in town (not in horse, goat, chicken or cow country), it might be even less desirable, especially if the previous tenants let the trees grow wild and dangerous. So, the first major project was the remove and/or prune the hazardous tress, those that pose a threat to people and/or structures. These are pictures of the first wave of work. Believe it, it pays to shop around. After the initial breath-stealing quote of thousands and thousands of dollars, I found a group that did the job for half the price and cleaned up completely after the work was finished.

Before: Ivy should NEVER be allowed to grow on trees.
Ivy kills trees!

After: Ring the trees so the ivy will die and fall off the trees.

Before: This tree was dead and had grown into power and phone wires and over the roof of the house.

Nothing but a stump and a pile of firewood.

Almost after: The stump is being ground away.

Before on the carport roof: This is a mulberry tree.
It grew laying down on the carport roof.
It drops messy, messy berries all over the place.
It probably grew from a seed in bird or squirrel poop.

It was very large.

Yes, all this and more had been ON the carport roof.

After: All clear, and plenty of trees left,
though some still need pruning and/or removing.

Phase two of trees will commence shortly to remove the rest of the trees planted by animals that are hazards, remove dead wood and prune the keepers.

Sherri, I have to admit that after your visit to my old house where I sent your husband and son out to look at my fruit trees, I was appalled and embarrassed two weeks later then I ventured out myself and saw how over-grown the yard and trees had gotten over the winter. I'm glad your husband returned safely from the backyard because the apricot tree might have reached down and snatched him up for a snack. The poor tree even lost a huge branch while I was in China. Lesson learned, don't hire regular tree pruners to prune fruit trees and don't neglect the yard for a season even if you've just adopted two teens! After driving through the orchards in the central valley, I could see exactly how a fruit tree should have been trained and mine had not been trained that way by the previous owners.

1 comment:

Marian Sparks said...

That much is true. Big houses are very enticing places to be in, though. It isn't everyday you can have a whole backyard for the dogs - you wouldn't even contemplate that for dogs. But big houses tend to be too highly priced, and for what? Anyways, big or small, whatever house you want to have, we can always try and own one, and find a way to make that happen. It's only a matter of talking to the right people at the right time.