The arborist and his team rope up and begin
Sadly our birch tree was rotten
Now that we know that it was rotting it is scary to think that a big storm could have toppled it and done real damage to one or both houses. We had two other birch trees that hang over the driveway trimmed. That trimming revealed one large branch with the beginnings of heart rot also but the rest of both trees had not yet been affected by it. Trees with heart rot can look fine on the outside but the inside can be soft and sponge-like.
A giant truck and a chipping machine took care of the leaves and branches. The chips will be used in parks and gardens. The larger logs will be donated to people who depend on wood stoves to heat their homes but who cannot afford to buy cut wood. It makes us feel a little better to know that the tree will be getting a second useful, albeit, different life.
As part of our remodel project there will be other trees and shrubs that will have to be removed. Some have to go because they are in the way of the foundation for the addition. Others are invasive plants that started up from seeds left by birds and/or squirrels many years ago. They are completely overgrown and are spreading, choking out other things, and most have wicked sharp thorns. We hope to do away with the grass lawn altogether and just have low maintenance local native plants eventually. Already there is additional light coming into the yard making it possible in the future to grow things that produce fruits, vegetables, and flowers that have needed more sunlight than the yard previously received.
One of the casualties was a lovely old Camellia bush that produced a bounty of flowers this year but was located right where a new drainage system has to be installed. Now we won’t get water in our lower level library and perhaps we can find another Camellia to plant in a better place.
The last rose