A few years ago I was married and living in one of the suburbs of Denver in a medium sized detached house with a fair sized yard (at least for a house in a metro area). I was excited because living there gave me the opportunity to improve the yard and make it something that both my wife and I could find pleasing to our senses and add beauty tho the neighborhood. When I moved into the house the outside of the house as well as the yard was, what I considered to be in a shamble.
I need to add here that I have always had a desire to grow some of the food we eat as well as wanting to grow different types of fruit that not only do I enjoy eating but some different types that are not offered in the stores to buy. So as soon as I was able I jumped into the tasks of improving the yard and exterior of the house.
The yard was a major up-hill task from the word go. The only way I could even begin was to first create a battle plan with an over all vision of where i wanted to go with the re-build. The yard had been neglecked for many years and parts of the yard looked more like a jungle then a city yard. The first task was to begin clearing an area to be able to start a small vegetable garden.
In all I believe I took out five big old, non productive fruit trees. Now when I say I took out, I mean TOOK OUT, branches, trunk and roots, EVERY LAST PIECE of the trees. Now here’s the point I want to start to make. I had the very basic of tools when I started to clear the jungle yard and especially the trees. I had no chainsaw (I did rent one twice) and nothing more then some simple basic hand tools. I used hand saws and clippers to cut up the trees and dispose of them in the regular trash cans that are picked up each week. I used an old fashioned pick axe and a shovel to dig up the base and roots of the trees, so as to be able to plant something new where the tree used to be.
Let me take a detour here. A few weeks I made a trip to Atlanta Ga. and speaking of trees I stood absolutely amazed at the tree beauty of that city, I think I heard while I was there that the city has the nickname of the Tree City if I remember correctly. Anyway, I was there to do some research into a few small businesses and one of them was a tree service company called JFL Tree Service and some of what I learned about how this company operates just high lighted how fast a tree removal can be accomplished when using current large machinery. What was accomplished in a matter of hours took me many days using a couple hand tools. Anyway, let me get back to my main topic.
I know from experience that a home owner does not need much in the ways of tools or equipment to take care of a yard and dispose of the waste in a clean and proper way. So what got my goat about all this is that I just noticed some large tree branches that some one had removed from a yard and drove around with them until they had found a spot where they thought they could just dump them on the side of the road. Making an eye-sore and leaving it all for a city worker, or someone else, to have to take care of them.
This is why if everyone is just plain lazy! With a small hand saw and a pair of hand clippers those branches could of been cut up into small pieces and put into some trash containers to be disposed of the right way. WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE TODAY.