Thanks for the attention, Lady, I am careful when I get up there, travel around the tree and come back down. Encounter with local wasps is a main danger, they are fast and carry a nasty venom.
Ian, I agree 100%, trees are for climbing not for logging...The equipment is rather expensive but you can keep it for quite a time if you treat it right and as your life depends on it it is never too expensive...anyway, a basic equipment would comprise a saddle (200 US$), 120 feet climbing rope (98$), self-made safety line (rope, pulley, biners; 50$), helmet (60$), throw bags and throw line (40$), a couple biners, some straps, glasses, bark protector etc (80$) add it up...or you can get a kit for around 500 bucks at newtribe (www.newtribe.com).
It may be possible to follow some course with Australian arborists, I guess there must be some association in Sydney. Now climbing safely is one thing but climbing and using sharp tools is another level, watch your fingers nerd, we all need them on your keyboard!
Yeah. I know. What could possibly go wrong hanging from a tree whilst using a chainsaw? As it happens, I am copicing a smaller mulberry tommorrow so I can get some practice from the ground. If you don't hear from me in a while, I'll be at the hospital. :)
The nice thing with the chainsaw compared to handsaw is that the noise will cover the howling...Actually I would say that the problem when up in the tree is to find the right position for working so you can see precisely what you are doing and where you are cutting as you have to do it properly in order for the tree to heal correctly. You also have to use real sharp tools, I bought myself professional pruning saws made in Japan (Nakamura and ARS are very good) and recently purchased saw-proof gloves and cuffs which already saved me from a few scars...
OK. Well, I won't be getting into the big trees till spring or so. The Privet has to come down somehow & if you look at the cost of hiring professionals & compare it to the fun you are having, it makes sense to learn the skills & get the equipment.
Btw, I forgot to send a seed order all week, I've been that flat out. I'll do it now so you can put your new equipment to work. The Spathodea would go OK here you reckon? It looks nice.
Hmm, loggin a tree may be fun for the first hour but if you ever crush your neighbor's glasshouse it won't be fun anymore...As they say in the song 'careful with that axe Eugene!' (was is the Grateful Dead?).
Spathodea is fantastic and should do fine. I'll try to pick the last Bunchosia seeds for you.
How come is the Aloe article so short? Still working on it?
The aloe article is barely started mate. The first tree is down & it was Pink Floyd who did that song. Sorry I've been absent but I got heaps done over the last few days. Funny how it works. I started off needing to rearrange my potting set up because I am getting overwhelmed with young plants of different types. I wound up rearranging my whole home, inside & out & am still repainting furniture. Shouldn't have started in the first place I guess but a lot of plants are happier now at least.
OK. Fair enough. Maybe that's my problem.
You know JJ, its just stopped pouring rain now for the first time since June began. Outside a brief fall at the full moon, we barely got a drop in May but from the moment winter started & the moon changed, its been bucketing down. Wierd hey?
I've been noticing a very obvious correlation between rain & the moon. I mean clear as a bell, which makes me wonder how I missed it before & why it isn't more commonly observed. It is also seems fair to say that seeds basically do not germinate during waning moons at all. That is proving to be the big obstacle to my experiment & probably why seeds planted during waning moons result in weaker plants. I doubt its tidal forces though, like some say because most seeds are not planted in the ground. I reckon seeds naturally follow the moon themselves & sprout when rain is more reliable. It makes more sense that plants have evolved lunar responsiveness than merely the moon working a one-sided process.
What do you think?