All of a sudden, on the same day at the same time, two Gravenstein apple trees lost limbs.
Fortunately, I had already asked my friend Lisa to come over and cut down a leaning Live Oak that I wanted removed. My intentions were to put the new Greenhouse in this area, and the tree was already leaning over the Redwood Greenhouse.
Lisa came over on Friday, August 2 and helped clear the hillside.
Once the one Live Oak was removed, it really opened up the area to sun. It was very exciting to see the change. She recommended a few more leaning oaks be removed as well as a taller oak trimmed up.
As a result of the sun exposure, I am deciding to use this hillside space to plant the grafted heirloom apple trees. I probably will not put the new Greenhouse in this area which would end up blocking view of the trees.
There is a lot of work to do in this space, such as trimming more trees, clearing out the periwinkle, installing retaining walls (probably made with the oak trunks) and leveling a walking path.