Overgrown road

I need work done on the main spillway for my lake in the woods. To have it done properly, I’ll need some cement poured. I’ve had two crews out to look at the situation, and while getting anything done still proves challenging, they both have said that no cement truck is going to want to come down my road through the trees because of the trees.

More specifically, because of the large branches on the trees that grow into and across the road because that’s where the sunlight is. The trouble is that large trucks are tall enuf to have their top parts knock against these branches. One man told me that some were thick enuf (see above) to knock an antenna or light or horn or even the exhaust stack off of a truck.

And so on our recent visits to Roundrock, we have been devoting our time to cutting away all of the branches we can reach. Generally, this has involved me driving my truck into the trees and then climbing into the bed with my chainsaw to cut the branches as high as I can reach.

There are a few whole trees I’m going to have to take down since I can’t get to their offending branches. Fun.

This is, of course, the worst time of the year for this kind of work. Not only is it miserably hot, but the horseflies are buzzing and biting, and the ticks and chiggers are thick in the scrub I must wade into to cut what needs cutting. I even looked into getting the local utility company to bring it’s big articulated sawing machine in — that they use to keep the power lines clean — but they said they don’t work on private property. (Unless I want to bring in power lines.)

The winter is the better time for this. But it hardly looks like there’s a problem at all then. The branches are without leaves, so they don’t seem so encroaching. I might cut one or two just for show, but the matter doesn’t seem as urgent during that time of the year.

Of course, the more I cut away, the more open area I create for other branches to grow into to fetch the sunlight. So it’s really a never-ending chore.

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