Cutting Down Another Tree, Removing Ivy & Attracting Goldfinches

Most of the trees in the backyard were covered with ivy, so over the weekend I set out taking down the invasive vines. It was relatively easy, basically grab a vine and pull. Ivy vines can become so strong that they need to be sandblasted off of buildings. It might look pretty but ivy is destructive. English ivy was first introduced to the states during the colonial era.


Before Photo: (A rope was tied to one of the ivy-covered trees and attached to a tree that John cut down–I pulled on the rope to have the tree fall in a certain spot. As it came down, I ran.) See below.


After Photo: Ivy  removed and the tree (s) can now breathe.


John tied the rope to the tree to be cut down and then wrapped the other end around the ivy-covered tree a distance away. The rope was taut. When John cut a notch in the tree, near the base, I pulled on the rope until I felt the tree falling, and then I ran. It slammed to the ground.




The angle of the tree was funky with dagger-like branches hanging vertically.



In this photo, you can see the taut rope (which is actually climbing rope).


I absolutely would not suggest anyone attempting to cut a tree down like this unless you’re experienced. John is a Jack of all trades. He worked –on the side– with a tree surgeon for years, who taught him everything he knows about cutting trees down.

In the above photo, you can see where John cut a notch in the tree with his chain saw, with this technique combined with the taut rope, he was able to control where the tree landed–as I pulled on the taut rope.

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The tree stump is to the left and the light pours in now.



John added to the wood pile which is now neatly stacked.


And I headed to a local shop which sells a large selection of bird feeders. I asked the lady how to attract goldfinches and she suggested a small (affiliate link) bird feeder meant for finches along with their coveted nyjer seed (goldfinches eat seed almost exclusively). She suggested I place it next to my other feeders and the goldfinches will be attracted to the feeding activity as well as the bright yellow top. I’ll keep my fingers crossed!


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