I've written about the perils of having a coconut palm on my back patio before. How dirty they are. Dropping piles of dirty brown seeds all the time, along with those horrid red ants. And those blasted coconuts. Downright dangerous to be around.
The tree had gotten so tall that nobody I knew had a ladder tall enough to reach the coconuts to chop them out. So I went to Home Depot and bought an 18 foot extension ladder. Guess what? Still not tall enough to reach the coconuts and to be swinging a razor sharp machete around. So what to do?
The question was answered one day when 3 coconuts came crashing down around us while we were hanging some clothes on the line. The tree had to go.
I wrote the proper letter in proper Spanish begging for permission to have my tree removed from my yard. Coconut palms are a protected species on the island. You can't just go around chopping them down without permission. Several days later we got our answer when a team from the city showed up at the door, equipment in hand, to chop the thing down.
The youngest of the group had the job of actually climbing up the tree to chop out the coconuts and then the branches.
One by one.
Notice no safety belt or any equipment. Just hang on and do your job.
The older guy got the good job on the ground of catching the falling branches.
Here's the view before the chopping started.
And here's the view after. We lost some privacy and quite a bit of shade. But no more danger of being killed or seriously injured from a falling coconut.
Finally, the big boss got to use the chain saw to top it off and then cut out big sections.
So, what did we do with the space created?