Saturday, May 25, 2013



We HAD a beautiful Japanese Maple tree at the corner of our home.  It died this past winter and Mickey cut the branches back and then began to try and get the stump out of the ground.

He dug, and he dug, and he dug for several days. Then he got tied a large chain to his S-10 pick-up and tried to pull it out of the ground to no avail.  I told him, "Just forget about trying to get it out. We'll just plant some things around it and use the stump as a center piece."  Well, he was not going to have any part of that clever idea!!

So today one of our neighbors will a lot bigger pickup came down to help.  The first thing that happened was it broke Mickey's large metal chain that they were using.  Never to be beaten another neighbor, who had gotten involved at that point, went to his garage and got a very strong leather belt strap that he had.  They doubled the belt onto the truck hitch and tree stump and ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Got it out!!!!

 Back view

Another back view. 

Now, the next step is to go to the nursery and decide what we are going to plant across the front of the house and in this corner.  We are wanting to get some permanent scrubs that do not have to be replaced each and every summer, plus replacing this Japanese Maple.  When this project is finished - in the weeks to come - I'll post the finished results.

Yes, I have a VERY determined husband that sticks with a project until it is accomplished. 
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Sylvia said...

How I laughed at this post Susan - think Mickey's identical twin lives in my home!

Mari said...

I have one of those at my house too (determined husband).
That tree had quite a root system!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Add me to the list...I have one, too! But I'll have to say that we had to have a neighbor bring in his tractor to remove some shrubs because his pickup didn't quite do the trick, either. It's amazing the root system on these things! Looking forward to seeing what you choose to plant. Have a nice weekend!

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

That stump did not want to come out at all!

Frazzled Farm Wife said...

Wow, those are quite the roots on that tree!

retha said...

I like how the neighbours were willing to be involved! To the point of actually doing something to get it done.

Kathy said...

I love it that all of the neighbors got involved. That's just like Mickey to be able to rally the troops in his project!

Barbara said...

Had no choice when we removed the stump of our enormous weeping willow with roots 20feet long. One saws a circle around the trunk and the roots stay in the ground and eventually rot. Mickey did well.