When we talked to the tree guy last week and he said that they'd send the guys when it rained, we didn't expect to see them today. Sure, it was raining (well, drizzling), but we didn't really expect them to show up so quickly.
They arrived at about 8:20am, which was quite a surprise for us and our neighbours. The chainsaw and chipper are noisy! Ian was already up and I managed to get up as well once I knew that they were here. It only took three hours (including a 15 or 20 minute break) for them chop and chip all 17 trees and to prune the apple and one of the pear trees. They were good about being careful with our property and cleaning up after themselves. I was impressed with the care they took as well as their efficiency and I recommend them if you live in my area and need help with trees.
Our backyard looks so different without all those deciduous trees and with all the gaps between the trees. There's so much more light and space in the backyard. Parts of it look a bit bare, and we can see our neighbours houses and properties much more clearly. I don't really like being able to see that much or having our yard that exposed so I think we'll be wanting to plant some new trees and/or grasses and/or bushes. There's so much light up at the back of the property that something will grow well there.
The side of the house looks much better without the spindly ash trees although it's now much more obvious that the fence there is crooked. When our neighbour (you might remember that this neighbour didn't get along with the people who used to own our house) put up that wooden fence on his side of the property line, he couldn't come onto what is now our property to put posts in to keep the fence upright. He couldn't put the posts on his property because he's got concrete there. Some might ask why he built that fence there in the first place, of course.
It's going to take some time to get the backyard feeling private and cozy the way it used to feel. At least this way we'll be making our own mark on the property and making it more our own. It's just a shame that we and the previous owners spent so much money on trees and a layout that wasn't feasible in the long-term.