Whoever started landscaping here on my property did something that strikes me as a really bad idea. They planted about fifty trees inside old car tires. By the time I bought this place they were all mature and providing shade, a valuable commodity in the desert. Here, you learn to like trees.
Well, starting with a Russian olive a couple of years ago, the trees started showing signs of distress. They grow too big for the tires and get "ringed" which is, the bark gets cut off on the bead of the tire and they cannot get water anymore.
On the Russian olive it took me several days with a Dremel, tinsnips, dikes and a big honkin' prybar to get the steel-belted radial tire off. I poked full many a hole in my hands and arms with the wires in the tires and shed much blood in the process. The tree is recovering but one very large branch died and had to be cut away. On a couple of the smaller trees I was able to prune them way back and lift the tire over the top.
So what are they thinking? Who does this? Who dreams of having their own home so they can scatter old tire carcasses around? Is there someone out there who thinks that looks good? ...is a good idea? Free advice: Don't plant trees in tires. In fact, if that is even legal where you live, move to a better neighborhood.
Anyway, rant over. Can anyone recommend a tool or combination that can make shorter work of cutting a steel-belted radial tire in half? High speed saws and the like melt the rubber or even catch it on fire.
Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.