Tree Removal of the Monoliths

We have been doing a LOT of work on the inside of our house.  And that’s the kind of stuff we like.  You know, interiors by Kenz.  We haven’t really spent a lot of time working on the outside of the house.  But it is in need of a LOT of work.  Yard work/ exterior work can be extraordinarily overwhelming (and expensive).

For instance:  We need a new roof & gutters, but we have two monstrous cottonwood trees.  Branches from the tree fall on the roof every storm we have.  Leafs clog and bend the gutters.  So, before we can replace the roof, the trees need to come down.  Our fence is falling apart.  But the trees are on the fence line, pushing the fence in all kinds of crazy directions.  The grass is practically dead, but planting new grass wouldn’t do any good, because the roots of the cottonwoods are so shallow, it won’t allow the grass to take hold.

If you are sensing a theme, it’s this: for ANY work to happen in the outside of our house, the trees have to go.

But they are HUGE.  This is not a DIY project.  I am positive if we tried this ourselves, we would crush our house or our neighbor’s house.

So we called up some guys, and they got it done like a boss.

It took a staff of 8, a cherry picker, a crane, a closed off road, a wood chipper, a city permit, and $2100.  Ouch.  But like I said, to do any other repairs, it HAD to happen.  They were dangerously huge for the size of the lot.

I made you a gif of the process.  Hook branch to crane, man in cherry picker saws branch, crane wings branch, branch goes in wood chipper.  They got both trees down in 6 hours.  Unbelievable!

Here’s the “Tree Removal Fun Time Gif!”


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Sometimes it has to look worse before it can look better…


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The stumps are MASSIVE.  This one measures 5 feet across.

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The stump grinders are coming this week to get these bad boys out.  I have to be completely honest.  I’m a tree lover.  Seeing our trees go was bitter sweet.  I miss them.  I miss the shade and the privacy.  It’s weird to not have them there.  But I feel SO much safer.  Every time the wind would blow I would worry about branches coming through our windows, or our neighbors.  These guys were so dangerous.  I’m excited that we can get started on other outside projects.  The majority of which will happen NEXT YEAR.  But we are doing a roof/gutters and fence this year.  One step at a time.  It’s hard.  I want it all done NOW.  Especially since the outside is what everyone sees first.  But we’ll get there.

Cabinet installation

-Tree Removal of 120 ft Cottonwoods 

-New roof (if you follow on Instagram, you know this started, and Buster HATED it)

-Build new fence

-Paint ceiling & walls (also started – follow on Instagram for a more in-time version of what’s happening!)

-Install flooring

-Baseboard + board & batten

-Counter top install (the soonest they can do it is August 28th!  So 2 more weeks without a kitchen sink)

-Back splash

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  • Stephanie, Sandpaper and Glue

    sweet GIF!! And I bet everyone, including the dogs and chickens, will relish in your new fence. slow and steady wins the race 🙂

    • Kenz

      Thanks! I’m really proud of that GIF! UG, we need a fence soooo bad. The poor pups are struggling big time.

  • Ember1

    If you still have stumps left after, try drilling some holes in them and pouring Epson salts in the hole. It speeds up the decay.

    • Kenz

      Great tip! Thanks Ember! I have a stump in the front yard that could use some speedy decay 🙂

  • Yay for pro’s! That GIF makes me so nervous haha Any way you can salvage a stump to make a cool end table (or coffee table if it’s massive) out of?

    • Kenz

      Wouldn’t it be the coolest if I could use those stumps for something?! I thought about it, but there was no good way to harvest it for crafting. it’s just a bunch of sawdust now. Maybe I can make particle board.

  • I so know what you mean about trees. Our old house was on a very densely wooded acre. It was lovely and serene and I couldn’t grow anything and I was terrified whenever there was a storm. Our new lot has a couple of ornamental trees out front and that’s pretty much it. Fortunately, we’re surrounded by other people’s wooded lots, so I can still SEE trees….I just don’t have to deal with them or worry about them.

    I wish you could send the stumps to me….I saw this really cool outdoor playspace involving giant stumps awhile back….

    • Kenz

      That is definitely a win win situation to be able to SEE trees, and not have to rake/prune/take care of them. And I”ll work on packaging those stumps up and getting them your way 🙂

  • Erin Fulkerson

    when i was on a walk with the kids last night we happened to see those stumps and i could not believe the size of those suckers!! i think the keebler elves could have set up shop in those trees with room to spare. i am majorly impressed with whoever cut those bad boys down!

    • Kenz

      hahaha! Keebler Elves for SURE were making cookies up in there 🙂 Too bad they weren’t sharing with us!

  • Tara @ Surburble

    Okay- those are some massive trees! And the fact that their roots were preventing the grass from growing!?!? Gah – they HAD to go!

    I love the He-Man Stump-King. “I didn’t take these down, but I paid for it!”

    And that’s good enough for this girl!

    It must be a huge relief to get this gigantic job off of the list. Your backyard is just waiting to be sculpted into something beautiful! (Or it’s just waiting for grass seed and some hedging and for you to say, “Done!” )

    p.s. Where are your hens? Have I missed an update?

    • Kenz

      hahaha, seriously lady, WHERE does your wit come from?? “I didn’t take these down, but I paid for it!” so true 🙂 It’s definitely a relief to have them down. We’re having a summer lightning storm RIGHT now, and for the first time, I’m not nervous of them being struck by lightning. And… the hens… um… i need to write an update. We gave them up for adoption… :-/

  • Guest

    So inspired

  • Andy Shepherd

    So inspired by this! I’m gonna stump grind the stump in our backyard. Trees are beautiful and it’s hard to know what to do. We have a bunch of trees in our front yard to keep on top of and giant trees just aren’t practical or safe. You did the right thing.

    • Kenz

      Thanks Andy pants. It always makes me sad to cut down trees. BUT the good news is next spring when we do the real yard work, we’re going to plant new *practical* trees. Let us know if you need any help stump-grinding! We’d love to lend our muscles.

  • Joseph Arehart

    Tree removal is very dangerous and difficult task to perform and you guise have done a good job. For proper health of tree its pruning and cutting is very important otherwise it will make you trouble in near future.

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  • Definitely the right thing to do!