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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Removing an ugly, dead shrub

In the side of the yard, there's a dead old woody shrub that I've been wanting to remove since last fall.  I finally got around to it yesterday.  As you can see, it was pretty ugly, and it was in the way of a young tree trying to grow.

I trimming back a few of the outer branches (see below), then as I began to saw one of the main trunks, I realized that the roots weren't holding very well, and I was able to yank it out.  

Now it looks much cleaner, and there's a very strange-looking young tree:

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