Monday, February 4, 2013

Life's a Beech

Last year I stumped this American Beech (Fagus grandifolia) and left it to back bud in the ground. Yesterday Jess and I dug it up. What we found under the soil was a giant clump of large roots that had to be removed. We decided to go at these roots fairly aggressively with a sawzall. Here's some carnage:

If I can keep it alive the season, I'm planning to take out one of the three trunks (the long straight one) and carving down one side. I think it'll better incorporate where the trees been naturally chopped in the past. 

But for now, styling plans needn't be finalized. First, "wiggle your big toe" and keep it alive. 

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