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Gardening in America
Trimming Trees

by Nancy Fletcher

May 17, 2005 gives us a very nice temperature break. Usually in Oklahoma during the spring it is cool and then, overnight, the temperature heats up to an uncomfortable place where there needs to be air-conditioning. Today the weather, though windy, was pleasant.

Beneath the cedar trees is always a place something like a hidden garden. As the branches hang to the ground the area there feels like a safe place where the stiff breezes have to give in to the strength and heaviness of the needles making up the cedar limbs. The children love this place because of this. It gives them the privacy and quiet fence away from the adults. The grown ups in turn are satisfied to hear the voices of the little ones and know where they are, even can see them, but need not interfere with their play. The only thing missing is a paved walk way where our daughter's wheel chair could easily go. However, this doesn't stop her from enjoying the space with the children.

The ground has to be raked in the spring because of the build up of needles beneath the trees which is very dusty and like a soft sponge if this isn't done. That was what began the work of the day.

“Do you think we could trim up some of the cedar branches so you don't walk into them as you mow around here?” I asked my husband.

“Wait until this evening and I'll help with that.” When he told me this, I had no idea he had a new “toy.”

True to his word, that evening he came out with a gadget he had purchased. It was a small chain saw on a long pole he was able to extend out to quiet a length. The saw was light enough to reach up to the tallest branches but was fairly easily lifted. That is, it was easy for him to lift. I could not at all. The trimming of the branches will give me a spot where the sun can come through with no problem. This is where I plan to put tomato plants up against the chain link fence. I think it will be a wonderful place for them. Hopefully the acidic ground with give them the soil they like.

Here is a picture of a saw my husband purchased and at this price of $99.00. It is a wonderful tool since it allows him to stand back away from the branch he is cutting. Too bad we had to learn from the sorrows of a friend's family because the husband was killed from a falling branch. It is a possibility and the caution one must exercise is addressed in some of these pages under, “maintaining and pruning trees, safely.” Click on photograph to see this small chain saw on a pole.

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