Monday, 26 September 2016

Trimming Trees

 
Living alongside a main A road and owning trees of all ages and a woodland, means that we have the responsibility of making sure that all the trees on our land are safe, and most specifically that none near the road will be hit by passing lorries, of which there are a multitude twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.
 
A couple of the main branches on our roadside trees were getting dangerously close to the tops of the big trucks and rather than wait for bits to start falling off as they were wafted and hit we decided to call in our friendly tree surgeons and get it all sorted before the weather turns.
 
 
Living so close to Snowdonia National Park we had to wait for the end of the holiday season for traffic lights to be allowed on the main road for the trimming to take place, and so at last it was all sorted last week.

 
I just had to get a couple of photos of the brave guys in action.  Hanging out over the main road walking along the branches of the trees is definitely a job  for  the experts.   The top photo was taken from the side of our house and then these two were with the camera zoomed in to get a closer view.

 
It's also time to gather in the Horse Chestnuts and put them out on all the windowsills of the house.  It really does keep the spiders out and is something I've been doing  for years now.  We had one huge spider in the house last week and I realised that last years conkers were still in place, obviously not giving off  enough of the scent that deters the nasty long legged critters.
 
It's all sorted now, and since I put the new ones in place there have been no more sightings ... phew!!
 
Sue xx

16 comments:

  1. Do they work? I don't mind spiders its the mess they make. I think I'll give it a try as we have our bedroom window open 24/7/365.

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    1. Well I wouldn't have been doing it for the past seven years if it didn't ;-)

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  2. Maybe I should put conkers in my bath!!! I have regular 8 legged visitors of huge size in there

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  3. I'm loving your blog, especially as I've just come back from visiting in Wales :D

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  4. I wonder where I can get them in Northern California? anyone know???

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  5. I do hate spiders, but don't have any chestnuts!

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    1. There are plenty on the trees at the moment, and they are just starting to fall down of their own accord, so gathering some in would be easy :-)

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  6. I sometimes can't watch when we have the tree surgeons in here. They're like monkeys.

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  7. Do conkers really keep spiders away? We have an enormous one in our utility room - I keep hoping it will decide to go but it is hanging around - I shall find some conkers and see if it works or it you are pulling my leg.

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    1. Yes they do keep spiders out IF you keep them on the windowsills.

      I doubt very much they would chase a spider out for you!!

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  8. I need some conkers!! We have had spiders in! When we have our trees trimmed it is always scary watching the men climbing up in them and seeming to dangle from or climb along the smallest branch. They are so talented and agile too aren't they! Glad your trees are all sorted for a while now. xx

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  9. I'm sure the drivers will be grateful that they don't have to go back to the depot with bashed up trailers. Overhanging trees are a nightmare for car transporter drivers, they have to drive in the middle of the road to miss them.

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  10. I did not know that they kept spiders away I will have to try that!

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  11. I did not know that they kept spiders away I will have to try that!

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  12. We have a huge conker tree outside I always do the same.

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