Today we took down the tree on the northwest corner of my mother’s house. It was alive. It was fine, but it was wrapping itself around the corner of the foundation and only a matter of time before it started pushing the foundation in. My father cut that tree off to the ground shortly after we moved into that house. He forgot to cut the suckers each year and the result was not one branch but several. It is always sad to see a tree get cut down, but this was a necessary cut. I promise that we will plant other trees around the property to make up for it.
Well, I took lots of pictures, but will just give you the basics here. By the way, I am not sure what the technical name for this tree is. We call it a box elder tree because it attracts the box elder bugs, AKA October bugs. It is a fast growing tree planted in the days of the frontier or when towns were settled. I have read that it is hardy to this area and is a sappy tree so in the early years, they actually used to make syrup from the sap. Wow, wish I knew how to do that. We have two of those trees left in the back yard. I am fighting to keep them alive, but they have many dead branches each year. Hope you have a great weekend.