We have traded in ash and pine for hemlock. Cutting down any tree is hard business. Since these woody perennials supply great quantities of oxygen and shade,
as well as beauty to the landscape, we have been hesitant over the years to consider downing them.
On Tuesday, late in the afternoon a local tree service company came to fell six fifty plus footers
on, really just the other side of our stonewall. One white ash was a double and dying from the inside. Since it was in the middle of the “grove”,
we decided that all needed to be taken, as well as the scraggly pine sitting on ledge on our side. The ash grew on a strip of land between our home and the neighbor’s but owned by a far neighbor down the road, who has given us permission to remove trees that might be a danger to our properties or that block our sunlight. In addition, these trees have been affected by the recent ice storms.
It is strange to see the empty space now…and a little sad as well.
However, come hurricanes and winter gales, we will be grateful for our preventative step.
This coming weekend hemlock trees will be planted on the land to provide a shorter wind break and to be a hedge rather than tall trees.
The brush beside the house has now been cleared, too.
So we take our rest to write poetry and compose a tune.
This birch was taken down in 2005, so now only maple saplings survive along the wall. We probably won't be around to see them mature. Will they provide sap for syrup each sweet spring then?