Sometimes a much loved tree just has to go. Our old double trunk gum was much too close to the house. It was a definite fire-hazard, and also there were signs of white-ant activity.
The tragedy was that many of our birds were fond of it too. One dead limb was a regular perch for a pair of kookaburras at dawn and dusk.
Yellow robins liked to perch on the trunk with their funny sideways stance, keeping an eye out for anything tasty in the rose garden below. The tree creeper would climb up and down searching for food in the bark
Dear me, it was awful watching as the men started to remove the branches. At least they did their best to avoid damage to the garden.
The remaining trunk was chainsawed into ‘wheels’. They will be seasoned and used as firewood for our two stoves. I can see my trusty splitter being put to good use. I might save a couple of blocks to use as rustic garden seats, or pot stands.
The thin branches were put through a giant chipper. It was very, very different to our own tiny machine.
My poor little lawn almost disappeared under the resulting pile of chips.
Eventually the mulch was used on our woodland paths. Even my young associate Editor Des helped spread it.
So now we were left with the double stump. It could have been ground out, but we decided to keep it as a sort of memorial. Hmm, what to do with it? I decided to dig out the rotted centres and plant something in them. Editor Des showed a lot of interest, but was unable to offer a single sensible suggestion (no surprise there!).
In the end I decided to use some of the countless self seeded maples we have, to create little bonsai gardens.
I just need some miniature figures to bring the gardens to life.
There was a final, rather strange gift from nature. In the sawdust behind the stump there appeared a soft, bright yellow mass. It was Fuligo septicai, commonly known as Scrambled Egg fungus or, wait for it….Dog’s Vomit. I don’t think I’ll be eating it on toast.
Farewell dear old eucalypt. You will be living on here in various forms for many a day.
UPDATE – you cannot keep a gum tree down!
A couple of months later, and just look at that brave regrowth on the left of the photo. It’s refusing to let a maple usurp it.