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      11-14-2010, 10:06 AM   #1
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With my trusty axe

I have a long garden and there were about 90 trees in it. The bottom 300 square metres was a total jungle with trees, huge shrubs, huge weeds, briers and what have you covering the area.

About 12 weeks ago I started hacking into the "jungle" and started to destroy everything in site that wasn't pretty, useful, or impossible to chop down.

With me so far?... After I cut down quite a few trees which, although over 25 feet high were only about 4 to 5" in diameter, I got to a size that the chainsaw couldn't handle and I then turned to a 30 year old hand axe that's never been sharpened in it's life.

It actually took down several larger trees and I then had to use the axe to split them up.
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Then... I got carried away with my success.
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Let's see a picture of the whole garden! You look like the Swiss family Robinson in the picture.
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You must have posted before the second picture came up!

I don't have a before 'cos i didn't think I was going to persevere and I don't yet have any of the rest - it's still fug ugly - it's just that you can see it now!
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Good work!
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Does anyone really believe that I cut that monster down with a 30 year old hand axe?

Much to my surprise I found it lying like this after the recent high winds.

What a bleedin' headache. Machine access is impossible and it is lying over the stream onto the other side - complete with two sections of my concrete post and wire mesh fence!
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I think you need to hire the biggest chainsaw you can get to sort that tree out!
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Yes. Start at the top/end of the tree and work down the trunk(s). Unfortunately, 25 feet of it is over the burn (stream) and the remnants would have to be hand carried about 100m, uphill, to the street.

It also crashed down on top of existing trees which were old, diseased and growing out the side of the burn at about 70 degrees which are now in the burn, under the tree but still connected to their roots.

I won't be able to get down the side of the fallen tree until I remove all the tree debris which is still on dry land - this will get me about halfway along the tree when I will suddenly find myself in water.

It's going to be tricky. I might just let the jungle grow again so no one can ever go down to the bottom part of the garden again.
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Yes. Start at the top/end of the tree and work down the trunk(s). Unfortunately, 25 feet of it is over the burn (stream) and the remnants would have to be hand carried about 100m, uphill, to the street.

It also crashed down on top of existing trees which were old, diseased and growing out the side of the burn at about 70 degrees which are now in the burn, under the tree but still connected to their roots.

I won't be able to get down the side of the fallen tree until I remove all the tree debris which is still on dry land - this will get me about halfway along the tree when I will suddenly find myself in water.

It's going to be tricky. I might just let the jungle grow again so no one can ever go down to the bottom part of the garden again.
Just cut it into sections and have a mega bonfire , ill dig out some of my pics later and show you what i mean
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MY tree !

one beast i had to deal with a while ago
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The second tree fell down

The second tree was a large oak that fell in a river , we used a 6 tonne tractor with a 15 tonne winch to drag it out happy days !
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