Healthy pines have lush dark green needles. This tree's needles were a sickly green with a yellow cast, browning at the tips. The west-facing side of the tree had as many dead branches as live ones. At 30+ years old, this pine needed to be put out of its misery.
Shawn and his able assistant Josh arrived mid-morning in the dump truck, chipper in tow, and got right to work.
Shawn settled himself into a comfortable (???) spot in the tree and got busy with his chainsaw.
2+ hours into the project, there was no comfortable spot!
And by mid-afternoon, the tree was gone, leaving the Arizona Cypress 'Carolina Sapphire' to reign over that part of the gardens. Without the pine to block the morning sunlight, the cypress should fill out nicely on the east and south facing sides.