We have a lovely dogwood tree that has gotten a bit too big. It butts up against our second-story deck and gives the critters an easy gateway to climb onto our roof. And then things like this happen:
Whoa my gosh!
To be fair, this guy actually climbed up the drain pipe, but thanks to a tip from a friend, I sprayed a little WD-40 on it so he can’t grip it. Still, I’m trying to eliminate any other entries for him or his friends.
(Related side note: Along with the ever-present deer, we also have a family of rabbits who are running around like they own the joint.
I had a five-minute standoff with this little bugger when s/he wouldn’t move out of the driveway. The stink spray seems to be keeping them out of the garden at least, which is a good thing because, despite the unfair tag of being a vicious breed, this one is no help whatsoever when it comes to chasing things away.)
Enough of the menagerie. Point is: I needed to trim the dogwood. Previously, I had borrowed my father-in-law’s long loppers, and those were great, but some of the dogwood limbs had gotten too thick to cut with the loppers. No, this was a ladder and chainsaw kind of job.
And, this is definitely a ‘do as I say, not as I do’ scenario. I really should have waited to trim this dogwood until after it finished blooming and ideally somewhere around September. But I couldn’t take the chance of varmint choosing our roof as a permanent penthouse, so I plowed forth.
I’ve been monitoring the dogwood, and I don’t see any signs of disease or distress. More importantly, I don’t see any signs of critters. Hot dogwood!