All week long I have been weeding this flower bed and planting new flowers (I like to buy perennials during this time of year because they are on clearance and you can get some really good deals). Today I decided that I needed to saw off some more branches on the tree since they were hanging low and blocking light from my flowers. I had only planned on cutting off a couple of branches, but I think I got a little excited about all of the light I was creating and how open my yard was looking. I really wish I would have taken a before picture, but here is the after:
See how open the yard is without the tree going all the way to the ground.
I did find a picture of the tree from about 5 years ago before I took out the grass. The first time we cut the branches we were a lot more reserved about it as you can tell from the picture below. I cut the branches myself this time, and I was a bit more bold.
(Mowing around this tree was a big pain)If you have one of these beautiful pine trees in your yard and you want to make your yard bigger, just cut the bottom branches off. No need to rip out the tree. And please remember if you are the one planting the tree, that 20-30 years from now it will be a large tree and not the cute little tree you are planting.
When I went inside after sawing off all of the branches I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror and was a little shocked. I looked like I had been in a battle! I hadn't realized that my face had gotten so dirty while under the tree sawing away. I even looked like I had a mustache. On the positive side, my teeth look white in comparison to my face.