Just an inch off my property line sits a gigantic and dying hickory tree, so ugly even pretty birds don’t want to nest in there. One half of it is bare, broken limbs hanging by a thread, and all in my vision as we sit outside sipping tea.
The man who owns the abutting property (and also the tree!) is not in residence, using a cottage on the land as rental income, plus the tree is not in line of sight to the cottage or near his fencing. In other words, it’s there until it’s not there. Hmmmmm.
Worse, it’s leaning where if it does fall it would do no damage to my property. Drat. Maybe then I could get my insurance company to tell him if his tree falls and does damage, he’s on the hook. Alas, no.
So that leaves me only diabolical approaches to getting the tree to come down. I can’t feign a tractor accident, gee my tractor ran into your tree, sooooo sorry, you keep the wood, sure, because the tree is off the road enough that I’d have no reason for my tractor to be in there, even though there is an old dirt pathway.
So I Googled it and lo and behold, I’m not the only diabolical tree killer. Seems others are curious too, witness my Google results:
Subject: How to kill a large tree, preferably undetected?
But any attempt to cut off its bark or pave the tree base would only give it away that I was the culprit. I can see the headlines now: Bedford Woman Sentenced to Life for Killing a Beloved Tree.
It pretty much leaves a huge bolt of lighting to take it out. Or lots of lassoing rope to rip the largest limbs down. Ye ha little dogie!
Meanwhile, Grand Central Feeding Terminal is eating me out of seed..I had to fill the tube again this morning.
This one is my all time favorite – I’m calling it Goldfinch Hanging Ten! Whoa.
Looks like rain is nearing. It’s very damp and heavy outside, the sky already clouded over. Bummer. Hope the rain doesn’t hamper tomorrow’s party festivities. Soggy Chex Mix is a downer.