How high does the boxelder tree grow before you cut it down?

A bird nest Paulina found in the branches. I raked up blue egg shells as we were cleaning up. Birds were long gone.

A bird nest Paulina found in the branches. I raked up blue egg shells as we were cleaning up. Birds were long gone.

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.

Tree before.

Tree before.

During

During

Near the end

Near the end

Siblings watching brother-in-law make some cuts.

Siblings watching brother-in-law make some cuts.

Adam making some final cuts.

Adam making some final cuts.


It is over.

It is over.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. The Belmont Rooster
    Aug 24, 2013 @ 16:17:44

    Sad to cut a tree down, but that one was in the wrong place. It has been for a long time. What are you going to do about the stump?

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    • lucindalines
      Aug 24, 2013 @ 22:41:39

      We are planning to salt it up a bit, and my brother noted that certain parts of it are rotting and we can get that out soon. It might be another major project before winter.

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  2. Tammy
    Aug 24, 2013 @ 14:41:42

    That tree needed to come down unfortunately!

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