DigLynden Tree Service 360-318-9795 was in Bellingham WA last week doing a very technical job. In fact, I found out by another contractor working on the home that the home owner had talked to quite a few companies and either they couldn’t do the job or the price was unreasonable, according to what the home owner was hoping to pay.
There were six trees, ranging from a 30′ to 130′ tall. There were a list of things that made this job tough. They were all on a side hill between the homes that made it impossible to drop rounds from the top. They would have went bouncing into the home owners house.
The 30′ Pine off the back porch was also on a side hill, with a two foot border plant area, then a really nice custom color concrete slab and tile like design put in it. Man, I did not want to put a scratch in that slab. As I went up the tree we piled the branches nice and deep in one area below the tree. By the time I got to the top, it was deep enough to be able to drop small rounds into it. That went good.
The next project were two douglas firs between the neighbors house. Some of the branches were over six inch in diameter and 20′ long, hanging right over the house. Lot of times I will lower these branches to the ground, but on this job I decided to use a zip line.
It’s a great technique for getting branches safely to the ground. It works by having a very long rope, mine is 350′, a bunch of clips with 5′ ropes tied to them, and a ground person to work the rope when needed. I wrap the tree with the rope, secure the clip to the zip line and tie a simple bow knot to the branch. When you cut the branch and gravity pulls it down, the bow knot cinches tight and away it goes. As it is sliding down the zip line the ground person can slacken the rope and put the branches right at the chipper. Worked great but still time consuming. The two firs had at least 60 branches to lower.
Back in the corner of the lot were two cedars and a small maple. The cedars were 100′ and 130′. The bigger one was five feet away from the neighbors fence with over 100 branches. Lowered a few then went back to the zip line. You can get a lot of branches down fast zip lining and it is less strenuous than lowering each one.
Once we got all the limbs and tops off it was time to bring in the crane. Each piece is measured, choked, and then cut. We were cutting 24’6″s and 16’6″s. Brought down nine logs. Precision Crane did the job. Jeff placed the logs in a stack in front of the garage, and the next step was the logging truck.
Bigger loads go to the larger mills. Great Western is over in Everson. We sell the Firs to them. Bow Hill Mill is in the Anacortes area and specializes in cedar. There’s others but that was what we had here. I had one short piece. Called Moberg and Company on Northwest to see if Fred would be interested in buying it for fencing. He ended up buying
it all. Jim Buchanan came to the site today and picked up the logs and delivered them over to Fred’s. Instead of useless rounds, these nice pieces of wood will be turned into something pretty and be around to enjoy for years.
All cleaned up, checks in the bank, and we’re rolling down the street to one of the neighbors homes tomorrow. Smaller job, but much appreciated. Hope it’s not raining.
DigLynden Tree Service is proud to be serving Bellingham WA and all of Whatcom County.
My name is Tim Bento, and I appreciate the opportunity to serve you.
P.S. I’ll be in the trees on every job!