On Saturday morning (January 26), following a 2-inch snowfall overnight, a local land clearing company arrived to clean-up five fully-grown Norway spruces uprooted by Hurricane Sandy three months ago. During the week after the storm, my staff had removed the smaller branches from the trees that had blocked the trail in the vicinity of the blow-down, but the massive trunks and the sheer volume of the branches and needles had overwhelmed the staff - who had plenty of other trees to deal with in the aftermath, anyway.
|The huge root masses on two of the uprooted Norway spruces|
|"My" residence (owned by my employer but occupied by Kali and me) is visible in the background|
...which they then moved out into an adjoining meadow...
...where they proceeded to reduce the woody material to small pieces by sending them through a chipper.
This project cost us $1,500, but the best the staff would have been able to do would have been to "whittle away" at the pick-up-stick mess over a protracted period, and the spruce logs would still have remained. This way, the whole job was done at once, and we can replant with native trees this time.