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When we moved into our house, one of the biggest eye sores in our front yard was a rubber tree.  Apparently the story about this tree is that the previous owners of our home had a struggling indoor ficus plant like this one.

Cute, right? Since it wouldn’t grow inside, they had the brilliant idea to plant it in the front yard to see if it would get a little boost from the Florida sunshine. Well, it got a boost alright. And, without any kind of trimming or containment, the little plant turned into this monstrosity.

It overtook two palm trees, an oak tree, and various other foliage. It is a fast growing, sunlight loving plant. And it is ugly.  Check out how big the leaves are!

So, we vowed to remove this thing. Matt just wanted to cut it back a little see how it looked, but once we realized how aggressive it is, it was decided to just remove the whole dang tree.

Matt also vowed to take down the whole tree by himself, except for the trunk, which we will have professionally removed. And little by little, branch by branch, my honey has kept his promise. Almost every weekend, he grabs his saw and takes down a bit of the tree.

The only upside of this tree is that the wood is actually fairly soft. Matt has actually taken down each branch with just a handsaw.

He borrowed the neighbor’s chainsaw to cut the branch up into 4ft sections once it’s on the ground.

Here’s what the tree looked like this past weekend.

To give you a good idea of the difference, here is a side by side of then and now:

Slow and steady! Here’s a little video of the tree removal action:

Matt said it will take a few more weekends and we will be ready for the stump guys! I think we will have a block party celebrating the removal of this thing. The whole neighborhood is cheering us on!

On another note, I wanted to share a picture with you.

This bad boy was hanging out by the door at my work. Yay Florida.

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