out of our living room window
- that the house does not benefit a whole lot from being shaded by the trees to the south in Summer,
- that we could grow a more successful garden where it already is and expand it even more
- that we would make room for fruit, nut and coppice trees,
- that if we removed those trees we can put solar hot water and perhaps a small PV on our solar south facing and perfectly pitched roof,
- and that we would get wood to fire up the stove for a decade,
… we are now leaning towards removing some big trees on our property. These are two beeches – one of them quite huge – two big red oaks and one big white oak, one double-trunked pine tree (might be on neighbor’s property), a couple of smaller oaks and pines, and possibly two more large red oaks on the west side of the veg garden (not in photo). All the roots will also have to be removed if we want to plant new trees.
We’ve not decided yet because we need a couple of quotes, an equivalent amount of savings, and a lot more thought about the alternatives and, if we go ahead, the replacements. I’m just saying we’re leaning.
I was very adverse to such drastic measures. The wooded feel of this place and neighborhood is what we fell in love with, and that strong, majestic beech in particular is such a joy. But we won’t be cutting them down for a lawn, and there are a great many more trees on the property. Still, it is the thought of making solar hot water possible that brings me this far. What with the stove and solar hot water we would need to rely very little, if at all, on the oil burner.