If ever a tree was a member of the family this one was it. It all began in 1960 when my dad was clearing the side yard to make way for a driveway. Only 4 years old I was helping dad with my toy wheel barrow as he filled it up then told me to dump it in the woods. I wheeled it down a small hill but instead of going into the woods I dumped the contents at the back edge of the back yard. In that pile of debris there was a small Willow sapling that took root. I remember using the garden hose to water the willow and see that tree shoot up so much that within 10-12 years it towered over the house! Over the years that followed it gained the height of about 80' as large branches spread out. Every so often a large storm would break off a large branch. Now that my niece, her husband and their children live in my childhood home it was time to cut the Willow back. A full grown Willow consumes about 80 barrels of water a day! Completely removing a willow tree raises the water table. Iron Tree Service out of Wenham showed up to trim back the Willow and remove a dying Maple tree. For about two hours they completed their job that had the neighborhood amazed at their aerial skills that reminded me of watching a circus trapeze act! Now that I live next door I can watch the rebirth of our Willow in her second 50 years of life!
Tree kicks out hitting worker!
No damage done and he's back to work.
Tossing a chunk of Willow.