This afternoon I spent the best money I have in a while, handing it over to Northeast Tree who came by to do some tree trimming. While it is good exercise to bend and pick up sticks it has as well, lost its appeal over the years. The large elderly oak tree in the side yard had many low dead branches which have been falling any time the wind or rain or snow kicks up, leaving me to tend to pick up before tending to mowing. I also have a Japanese maple tree that is a treasure in that it started as a mere 2-3 foot seedling dug from the yard of an elderly friend some 25 years ago. I would guess it now reaches 25-30 feet. It was multi-trunked, however all but the central one had no or only little life, so it was heavily pruned today. In the back yard there was a small tree (only about 8 or 9 inches in diameter, but nonetheless long and lanky) that had snapped in one of the many windy days we had last fall. I had sawed and lopped off what I could of the upper reaches that spilled into my neighbor’s yard so he would not be decapitated as he used his ride-on mower. The whole of that tree is now sawdust somewhere. And finally the white pine on the corner of the lawn in front was “elevated” – that being the term used by the tree people, meaning the lower branches were removed (quite a way up!).
The new look will afford increased opportunity for life and growth not only to a memorial dogwood but to the perennial garden in the side yard as well. The impact of the three trees trimmed in the front is that the sunshine will be let in…I may actually have a garden which gets more than 2 or 3 hours of sun! The yard looks more open, more inviting, and neater.
The side bar is that I had engaged Northeast once before, perhaps as much as 12 years ago when I had some major tree work done in the back yard. It is a family business begun by Dad, the father of (count them) nine children. Several of his children are now carrying out the business, but Jim (Dad) stopped by today. He came up and we greeted one another and he told me how he always enjoys seeing my house when he drives by and how nice it looks. That of course, was very nice to hear. So I followed with a smile and “Wanna buy it?” He asked if I was moving and I told him my retirement plan and my hope at that time, to find a ranch with a smaller piece of property. It seems one of his children (sounds like one of the girls) might be interested in about 1 ½ years. That was fun – fun to have the courage to ask the question and fun to think there might be someone who wants the house later. Nice day.
But meantime even though the sun has now set, I am still singing “Let the sunshine, Let the sunshine, the sunshine in…”