We had waited for the Tree People to come over to clean up as they had promised many times over the phone and meeting not only by Mr. S but also by 2 other ladies.
On Thursday, Feb 16, as our site was dry enough to get clean up, we call Mr. S requesting him to do it, then Mr. S said he would do on Friday, Feb 17. Nothing happened on Friday, Feb 17. Mr S said he would do it on Saturday, Feb 18 but he never do it.
So we have to organize another arrangement, but we couldn't do anything on Monday, Feb 18 as the site again returned into wet condition. While the forecast said it would wet on Tuesday, Feb 19 but we had almost dry day so we decided to clean up the tree's shaves yesterday. Unfortunately, we couldn't get the job done yesterday as the excavator was broken. And we had found out very bad news that the stump was not completely grinded. Then we need to organize another tree people to complete that job.
The following is a summary of our Gum Tree saga.
This crane driver's fault on the tree removal day (Jan 31) has actually made ALL miserable troubles for us.
1) it made a big holes on the lower land area so that rain has made a very annoying "pool" there.
My DA and I have spent 6 hours for two late afternoons to get water off these big holes with a hope to help the soil there dry out a bit quicker
2) the tree people started around 2 hours later than schedules as they needed to get the crane off . Initially, we thought the tree people couldn't' finish their job for us by removing the wood shaves from stump grinding because they were behind the schedule due to the crane problem. However, we has just come to recognize that they have been all cheating on us because they never really grind the stump and have a plane to remove the wood shaves on the same day!!! Big lesson for us!
3) we have to spend many phones call to request the tree people to come back to clean up the site. That mean we have really waste our valuable time and effort because after 3 weeks they never show up particularly on the good weather days (Feb17 and 18)
4) after remove the wood shaves and roughly leveling the ground by another contractor on Feb 22 and 23, we found out with shocking that the stump is almost there. And the stump is really big so that only big contractor with big machine can do that job. Certainly, they need big money for that job too. Furthermore, we need to get the stump job done in emergency manner due to tomorrow site cut.
What huge the tree is. The tree is classified as a heritage tree. Yes, we love green and tree that why we bought our first home here in 2004. But everything has its life-span so it is a time to say good-buy for our tree. The council's tree on the street with similar size and age tree like ours was removed 3 years ago!
Regarding the tree issue, we also have another anoying problem which is a sharing responsibility with a joint-owner.
It is true that the tree had grown from our land but these above pictures have obviously show that less than a half of the tree stump belong to the neighbor. Then, the tree had its joint-owners.