My neighbors were kind enough to park their cars out of the way once again, so my brother got his truck back there for the rest of the pulling. We started with this clump of small trees in the picture. My brother wrapped the cable around about a third of the branches and yanked at them. No go. A big tree with a single trunk is a lot easier to yank out than a clump of little trees with intertwined branches and roots. We decided the best way to deal with this is just cut it down and kill the roots.
The remaining three trees went easily, except for when a lady in the apartment complex opened her window and told us to quiet down and slammed the window shut. It’s not like we were up at 6:00 in the morning waking everybody up, this was at 10:30, well within the legal requirements. We just ignored her, because if you can’t be polite and I’m doing things at a reasonable time, well I’m just going to continue doing what I need to get done. We tear out another tree, and a guy opens up the window and nicely says something about trying to sleep and concerns about rocks hitting his window. We explained that the way we were pulling, rocks were very unlikely to hit his window, and then told him we had one more tree to pull out and then we would be done. He closed the window, not slamming it, and that was the last we heard from him. My brother suggested we try one more time to pull out the clump of trees, but since the polite encounter with the guy I decided to keep my word to him and stop at that last one. Otherwise we probably would have tried the clump again.
Now that the big trees are all out, all that is left is snipping down the clump that is left and cutting the big trees into bite sized pieces. Anybody with a chainsaw, or axe if you’re Amish, that wants some free firewood is more than welcome to come over sometime and help with the chopping. Anything you chop you can have.