Some of you will be totally on board with me on this, others may think I’m a little nutty (true, true). But today is the last day before this tree in our backyard gets cut down, and I’m finding myself increasingly sad about the whole thing. Maybe it’s because my mom and grandpa instilled such a love of nature in me. Maybe it’s because I try my best to be “green” and ethical when it comes to nature. Or maybe I watched The Lorax too many times. But this tree has been here since we bought the home 6 1/2 years ago, and has shaded many play days out back for Faith and my daycare kids.
That brings up the question, “Why are you cutting it?” Several reasons, and believe me, we don’t take this lightly. The biggest reason that has led us to spend a couple thousand dollars to do this is that it is a soft, shallow-rooting maple, and we’ve been advised by multiple people (and two of them tree removal experts), that this tree is a risk for coming down in a storm. We’ve had a lot of storms this year especially, and we’re in a state that often is windy. Each time we have heavy winds and/or storms, I worry if it will come down…and where it will come down. The tree is smack in the middle of our yard, between the house and the garage, and partially hangs over the neighbor’s privacy fence. Our bedrooms are on the back-side of the house, and would be the first areas hit if it fell down towards the house.
The rest of the reasons are mostly cosmetic and due to inconvenience. The shallow roots bulge in the yard making it uneven and tough to grow grass. The helicopter seeds fall all over everything leaving a mess and clogging the gutters, which Brad has had to dig out during a couple thunderstorms this year already. The birds poop on everything, and there’s one time of the year where they poop black berry poo…and it’s really everywhere. (I. Mean. EVERYWHERE.) I’d never been pooped on by a bird in my life, and then last year was hit on or near multiple times. Gross. We often can’t sit down on the patio furniture or use the patio table, and the kids can’t use the swingset regularly, without a necessary cleaning first. I love the birds and I love the tree. I don’t love poop on everything.
I’m not the only one sad about it. Brad and I have both had our reservations, and he even asked the tree removal guy yesterday if there was another option. But he assured us that we’d just be paying for it later.
So the tree comes down.
We have plans to plant another one, and have picked out the type already. It’s a fast-growing tree, so in 12 years we will have shade again (or the future owners of this home, anyway).
Some people suggested on Facebook that we use part of the wood for something around the home so that we have a part of it, and I love that idea. I’m not sure if just any type of wood works for such things, but I think we may have to investigate a little today!