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  •  Lost the pin oak in the middle of my front yard (6+ / 0-)

    It was a relative youngster, but was planted when my house was built in the 60s. It was the one thing that sold me on a ranch house, which isn't the easiest thing for an old building nut to buy. Shady and gorgeous.

    My pin oak was yellowing already, so I had arborists come shoot iron and whatnot into the yard to help it cope with our clay soil.  That helped and also gave me outstandingly green grass to boot. After several years alternating between drought and monsoon level rains, my tree still wasn't happy, with one side green and the other side- not so much.

    Finally decided that I had to have it taken down and boy howdy was I glad I did.  That was the year before the tail end of Hurricane Ike barreled through here, the year before catastrophic ice storms and just a couple of years before the 2012 derecho took down other similar trees in the neighborhood. Pretty sure I could have been looking at my pin oak up close and personal through the roof after any one of those weather phenoms. So while I miss my tree, I really like my roof hole-free.

    The City of Columbus was nice enough to come plant a pretty little red maple on my tree-lawn the year after . It's not the same, but I watered it twice a week through the drought and pampered it shamelessly.  It's only about three years old now, but it's strong, happy and gave me pretty flaming leaves last fall.  We will get there.

    I will mention the volunteer Japanese maple I carried home in a bucket from my brother's yard- driving 400 miles with it strapped into a seatbelt in the back seat.  Been having running battles with the bunnies ever since over them gnawing on the bark. Happily, the feral cats I've adopted have taken care of my wabbit problem. All the squirrels are a lot more fit too from running for their furry lives too, LOL. They all moved next door to the cottonwoods when the pin oak went.

    "I'm not a humanitarian. I'm a hell-raiser." Mother Jones

    by histopresto on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 05:38:18 PM PDT

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