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The End for this old Maple Tree

By Andrew Pollack on 04/23/2009 at 02:15 PM EDT

This tree on the side of the house -- right outside my office -- has being slowly declining since we did the addition several years ago. Today was the day to finally have it cut down.

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re: The End for this old Maple TreeBy Dave Harris on 04/24/2009 at 08:48 AM EDT
I can see why it had to be done, but I always find this sort of tree-felling
desperately sad
re: The End for this old Maple TreeBy Andrew Pollack on 04/24/2009 at 09:02 AM EDT
Agreed. I'm not much of any environmentalist, but there is something primal
about a nice tree. I'd really be upset if one of the huge maples out front had
to come down.

This old tree was really in bad shape. Each year fewer and fewer of the
remaining limbs supported any leaves at all, and they tended to be small and

I'm planning to plant something else -- probably two new trees on that side of
the house. I'm not sure what. I'm considering cherry trees, apple trees, or
maybe even a disease resistant Elm tree if the conditions are right and I can
get far enough away from the house.

Who knows, I should look into pear trees too. Pears were at one time much more
common than apples in nature, but they don't keep well in a barrel through a
long winter so humans had less interest in keeping them as domesticated farm
trees. I love pears.

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