New Farm Park, Brisbane

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

"SORRY LADY, WE HAVE TO REMOVE SOME TREES"

You may have read a past post where we had a sewerage problem and council workers came and dug up my garden to fix the blocked pipes. Well after the pipes were fixed the council foreman told me they would be back to repair the garden but he also said, "Sorry lady, we have to remove some trees." The reason was  because the tree roots were damaged when the workmen had to dig down two metres to get to the pipes. Now the trees were unsafe. It was sad to hear but it had to be done especially with storm season approaching. 
A few days later they arrive to remove the clump of six palm trees on the right hand side of our front yard. (from the road)

 Two down four to go.                              There goes number five, one left.

 The digger pulls out the roots and the new manhole is getting its cover put on. There is now a bald patch in the garden.




The next day tree loppers arrive to remove a huge Paper Bark Tree (Melaleuca) from the other side of the front yard where the connection of the house and street pipes had to be fixed.

 He sawed many branches off first. I was surprised that he didn't have to climb the tree, he just used an extended chain saw. Finally the top comes down and I have another bald patch in the garden. However, they asked me what type of trees and plants would I like replanted. So I told them Lilipilly Trees, Grevilleas, Calistemons, Salvia and African Daisies. A few days later they came and planted the new plants and covered the bald patches with new sugar cane mulch. I was impressed except I have to keep all these new plants alive in hot, dry weather.

 With palm trees                                      and without palm trees.

The kookaburra supervised the work from the washing line

Linked to "Wild Bird Wednesday"

32 comments:

  1. So very sad but good that they replaced the trees, and with what you would like. I am sure here they would have just left a blank space! We would have had to do the replacing ourselves. Hope that they survive a hot summer and that you get enough rain to help T'other Diane

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  2. How good is that! But not sure about a lillipilly. Mother has one at her back door and it is huge and is causing great problems.

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    1. I have a row of Lillipillies on the fence line to make it private from our neighbours and cover up their concrete wall. I have recently employed a gardener to keep them hedged. I do have others on the western side of the house to block out the afternoon sun. They do a good job. None near the house.

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  3. Well I'm very impressed they came back and re-planted. That's wonderful. Best of luck getting them through the approaching summertime. Hopefully they will do well.

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  4. It's always a shame to see mature trees cut down but in this case I think it looks much better after Diane, how fantastic that they were so efficient and quick about it. I must say I do agree with Andrew re the lillipilly, they are monsters :)

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  5. Well that story had a happier ending than what I thought was coming Diane.

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  6. Sad to see those beautiful trees go but I am impressed they replaced them.

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  7. That Kookaburra has an eye on you :)
    The palm trees looked nice there, it's unfortunate they had to be removed...

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  8. Oh my, what a blank patch with the palm trees gone. But I'm also impressed that the council is replacing them with your choice. Good luck at getting the new trees and plants strong and thriving.

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  9. It's great that the trees were replaced as the spot looked very empty without the palms! Hopefully you'll remember to water the replacements during summer's heat!

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  10. Diane you have a great garden. The bird is the one I have never seen before

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  11. What service - I can't imagine our town doing anything in such an expedient manner. I have a downed utility pole from last winter that I've called abut 3X - I have a feeling it'll be down all winter. Your garden looks lush and lovely. Snow due here overnight.

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  12. Sounds like a very happy ending. We had similar happen a few years ago and were left with a large bar dirt area. they planted a couple of trees and spread lots of grass seed in winter which took ages to grow.....

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  13. It is sad when trees have to be removed, it is annoying when you are told the landlord in my case the Dept of Housing are going to cut back a tree and you come home to find they have removed the whole damn tree yeah that happened to me about 15 years ago and I am still pissed off about it

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  14. Your garden looks great both before and after. I bet the Kookaburra enjoyed his feed of grubs that were dug up!

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  15. Hello Diane, sorry you had to have the trees removed. I love the palms. But, it is wonderful that they come back and plant the replacements. That would not be done here! Your gardens and the Kookaburra are wonderful. Enjoy your day!

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  16. well, darn. Hate it when trees have to be cut down.

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  17. It always makes me sad when big, beautiful trees come down. I'm sure you will miss them in your daily view. But, your garden is beautiful even without them and I'm sure brings you peace and maybe you will even be able to see the birds better!

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  18. Pity of the tree but super bird.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  19. I like your project supervisor up there on that wire. Very good news that you got replacement trees out of the deal (and hope the newbies make it through the hot summer ... That really does sound like a lot of work). But your yard is a lot prettier than this lazy woman's concrete .

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  20. A sad loss! It's still such a beautiful yard! Love your kookaburra!

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  21. It's sad for the palm trees and especially because you were so used to them, because I personally find the garden without the palmtrees beautiful too ! Please send me a kookaburra at least that would me make laugh in the morning !

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  22. It all sounds like a mammoth job but good that you got it sorted out. I don't think they'd replace plants in a private garden here!

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  23. It's sad to see beloved trees go but I am impressed that they replaced them. I'm sure they'll do well. BTW You have a lovely tropical garden!

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  24. Oh that is a sad story for the trees but good for you and your sewer problems in the future. The kookaburra made me forget the rest I love those birds and the song:) Hug B

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  25. Such wonderful and exotic trees - such a pity they had to grow. But trees grow again - sewerage pipes tend not to.

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  26. It is always super sad to see mature trees removed but I hope that they grow faster than they do here so they aren't gone for too long. :-(

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  27. I suspect that the plants will grow back very quickly - they love it in your part of the world!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  28. Sad to see trees come down as we had to do the same in VA should there be a severe storm.

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  29. It is sad to lose mature trees, but hopefully your new ones will fill up the bare spots quickly and look beautiful. WE had to replace soem aspen trees when we moved here and I think a very large one in my backyard may not come back alive next spring as it did not grow many leaves this year ;(

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  30. The new trees will grow quickly and hopefully you get some rain to keep the newly planted flowers and trees happy.

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  31. What a sad loss to lose your lovely trees, but how fortunate you are for them to do the work! Here it would cost a fortune to have that taken care of!

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