Doug has always been somewhat horrified at people who had healthy mature trees removed from their yards. Noting that these treeless homeowners were usually elderly, Doug found himself wondering what it was about old people that they didn't like trees. Well, guess what. Today, we had two trees removed from our own yard. I guess we're officially old.
The trees were silver maples. They have a very shallow root system that sends the roots along the surface of the ground, which is hard on lawn mowers. And the little helicopter-like seeds that they produce in the spring are almost worse than the leaves in the fall. Even the gutter guards that we had installed a few years ago are ineffective against those seeds.
So the decision was made to put them out of our misery.
|Events like this inspire male bonding among the neighbors.|
|One neighbor wanted the wood and came prepared with the necessary equipment.|
The deed is done. It looks pretty bare out there right now, but we do have plans to put something else in that spot to fill the gap. It just won't have helicopter seeds and surface roots.