Paul’s Tree is gone….

Paul’s Tree is gone. Inside of three hours its branches were cut down, its trunk chain sawed into moveable chunks and its huge root ball dug out of the ground and also split into small pieces. Now the ground is covered with a few plants. However after the first of the year we will plant a smaller 36-inch tree in its place. The city mandated we plant a new tree when it gave us permission to remove this one.

I’m sorry to say we couldn’t save it and move it elsewhere. It was just too big. My gardener, Mike Garcia, owner of Enviroscape LA Landscaping, said we would have had to remove overhead wires and hire five helicopters to lift it away not an economic option, unfortunately. And Mike would know. He cares about growing things. He creates sustainable and healing gardens like I create healing words.

By the way, Mike offered some words of advice don’t let your tree guy just take a few inches of the root ball away when/if you ever have to remove a tree. He says you won’t be able to plant other things in its place if you leave too much in the ground.

Besides planting a new tree, Mike is going to install a drip irrigation system and plants that don’t need a lot of water such as my favorite succulents. As soon as that work is finished I’ll post photos here. In the meantime, here’s what it looked like over here during the removal process.

Where we started


And the tree removal began…















  1. Oh, Madeline, that must have been difficult to watch. I am glad that you can plant another tree in its place. What kind was it? It reminds me of the ironwood trees we have around here. Very strong wood and dense foliage.

    Blessings! Linda

  2. Madeline Sharples says

    Thanks, Linda. Yes it was very sad. It was a coral tree. Ooops I forgot to mention that in my post.

    All best, Madeline


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