About a year and a half ago we decided that our little shepard’s hook just wasn’t enough.
We kept having strong storms whip the bird feeders off the hook and the hook was starting to bend. Eventually the pole was going to be close enough to the ground that the ground feeding birds would be able to just eat out of the feeder. We went to a local wildlife store and they had a 4×4 post that had hooks attached to it. It was perfect! That’s what we’ll do! And that was the plan. For about a month. This, I should mention, was being planned during winter. We had plenty of time to think about it. And my husband decided that a 4×4 post was just too boring. How about a 6×6 post then? Nope. Still too plain. He wanted to find the perfect tree and make that our bird feeding station. The perfect dead tree. Oooookaaaaay. Now, I like to think I have a good imagination when it comes to the garden. But I just couldn’t picture us putting up a dead tree. I was hoping he would forget about it and get back to the 4×4 or 6×6 idea. No such luck. He came home one day in early spring and said that he had found it! The perfect dead tree. It was conveniently at a tree service company and already had the limbs cut off. He called up the company and asked if they would be willing to part with it. Twenty-five dollars later, he brought home a 14-foot stump. When I got home that evening, I must admit, I understood his vision. It was the perfect dead tree. It was a nice former evergreen-of-some-sort. (It is hard to identify a tree without limbs or leaves.) We chopped off the bottom two feet to make it more level. Actually, a friend of ours cut it for us, since we, wisely, don’t own a chainsaw. Dwayne dug a nice, deep hole and we were ready to put in our new bird feeding station. I don’t know if any of you have actually tried to move a 12-foot former evergreen tree, but I will tell you that they are extremely heavy. Especially when it was only me and Dwayne. Somehow we got it into the hole. And it only went over once!