...today's story is about us being cheap and the mess that trees make.
So, having trees removed costs money. Especially when they are eleventy thousand feet high (or a realistic approximation thereof) and near your home. We saved a couple hundred dollars each time by opting to pick up the mess ourselves rather than have the tree removal guys drive out their giant wood chipper. And we had the best intentions as we have a fireplace downstairs and a fire bowl thing for summertime backyard fires -- easy peasy! Haul it over to the side of the house, let it dry out, chop it up, and voilà.
(about half of the mess)
So now I was stuck with massive piles of wood on the side of my house -- and this was a problem because I have plans for this space. Plans that don't involve logs.
Well, as it turns out, a listing for "free wood" on craigslist is like catnip to lots of people. It's like me finding a listing for "free all-expense paid shopping trip in NYC with never ending supply of calorie-free maple bars and ripple-chested cabana boy named Paolo to carry your bags." What I'm trying to say is it's good.
Within a few hours we had a multitude of emails from people begging to come to my house and carry hundreds of pounds of unsplit firewood, that was only "cut to length" in the loosest sense, off my lot. It didn't even matter that they couldn't back a trailer up to the fence and had to haul it across my front yard to the street. They wanted to do it!
Moral of the story: Before you clean up a giant mess, take a moment to ponder whether one man's trash may be another man's treasure. People will work for treasure!
What are you doing over this Labor Day weekend?
'Cause we're renting a jackhammer.