Our units are going to be painted, and in preparation for the work, excess vegetation needs to be cut back. Our rather large lychee tree is going to have to be pruned back. The leaves clog the gutters, and in a cyclone the branches might snap and cause some damage to fences or break windows.
I love all the birds that hide in its branches and call out with their different songs.
I love the lychees that we get to eat.
I don't love the bats that came very night when the top half of the tree was filled with lychees nobody could reach to pick them.
I don't love the fact that he said some of my precious plants might be damaged. This huge birds nest fern has been living happily in the fork of the tree for years - will it survive?
During the heavy rain one of my lipstick plants fell down from a tree branch - It is now perched on a small table - I will take down all my hanging plants and move the loose pots.
Pruning a fruit tree is good for it, and it should grow back healthy and strong, but I do feel a little nervous about it all. It is a bit late in the season to be pruning and so we probably won't get any fruit this year.
Has anyone else had a tree trimmed while precious plants reside underneath it? I imagine some of the plants might not like a sudden change to the amount of light they receive. I thought I might prune some things back, but then thought it might be better to wait until the damage is done. I think I might order in some more mulch so there is a good thick layer to protect them. What would you suggest?