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Along the Wall...

Thursday, September 05, 2013

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, emoticon 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?
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  • PILGRIM125
    I still miss our very very tall and old white pine. Had to come down several years ago due to being struck by lightning on the fourth of July! We waited and hoped it would recover, but alas, it did not. Funny how we can get attached to trees! Good luck with your new windbreak!
    1740 days ago
  • SHERYLP461
    It is sad to remove a tree, I always want to allow as many as possible to grow, that's why I usually end up living in a forest.
    1745 days ago
    Wow! That would be a huge tree bill here in Indiana. Nice to be winter ready. We have two that probably should come down, but I can't face the bill yet.
    1745 days ago
    Sweetheart, that sounds too much like work to this Tennessee girl. Oh my word! Lol. Judi emoticon
    1745 days ago
    Wow - big job! Pray your little saplings grow up well and strong!
    1746 days ago
    Wow, that looks like quite a job! May your new little saplings grow strong!
    1746 days ago
  • 68ANNE
    Great pictures. I remember when we removed the willows from our front yard and then more recently the old maple from the front yard. We had done the work ourselves, including chopping and cutting and splitting.
    1746 days ago
    I like your trees
    1746 days ago
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