July 25, 2013

our tree got a trim

So we got our tree pruned yesterday, and I'm still in shock. Yes, it's only a tree, but in my defense it really changes the way our home looks.

It's like getting 12 inches of your hair chopped off and not recognizing yourself in the mirror. You don't know if you like it, actually you kind of hate it and think you might have made a huge mistake. Then somehow you get used to it, and finally it grows out just a little, and you end up loving it.

That's exactly how I feel about our tree. Apparently, it has little to no space for the roots to grow and so a lot of the branches were dried up and had to be cut off. The roots are slowly growing up and around the trunk, which isn't healthy for the tree, so it may eventually need to be cut down. Not to mention, it wasn't pruned for years, when it really should have been.

I looked for dramatic before and after shots on Google, but all I could find were trees with good 'bones':

Our tree doesn't have great structure like the trees above do, it's like a guy who gets a buzz cut and realizes his head is shaped funny. There's nothing we can do now but let it grow on us (no pun intended).

------ before ------

you can see all the dead branches in this view:

all the gnarly roots at the bottom of the trunk:

------ after ------

the shocking view ... it doesn't look as ridiculous in real life:

a comparison:

Maybe now that it has more room to breathe, it will fill on top next year, who knows. It'll definitely take some getting used to ...

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