We have done some serious tree trimming at Casa Debbio. I was reluctant to cut down the pine trees around the house, but the villagers have gradually worn me down and I agreed to cut the pines in front of the house and thin out the little group at the top of our road. Their argument is that they are not native to the area and have shallow roots, which can be a problem in the severe winter weather.
So, I said a sad farewell to the big trees in front of the house. Battista, Rocco and Fillipo took to the job with gusto.
Battista gets to work with the chainsaw.
Rocco and Fillipo give a little nudge.
The next one required more of a push.
With the big pines gone our view is quite different. There are now uninterrupted views from the bedrooms.
All hopes are on the newly planted magnolia to provide some shade next summer.
With most of the trees gone from beside the road we have gained 3 more terraces to plant grass and more fruit trees. We also have a larger area to mow…wonderful.
The chestnut, hazelnut, walnut, fig and cherry trees have been cut back to encourage new growth next spring. It will also make the fruit easier to pick. I love to stand under the cherry tree and eat the fruit straight from the tree. Squirrels eat the hazelnuts and I don’t see too many walnuts. There were no figs this year because the summer was too cool and wet…maybe next year.
The house looks naked without the trees, but I know it is for the best. These poor chopped off trees will sprout next spring and be beautiful again.
I am going back to Australia now and will return in the spring to begin the next round of planting…can’t wait.