I have been riding my bike to work every morning since December, and often as I pedal through the quiet streets I will slow down and admire this one beautifully humongous tree situated the front yard of a teeny little house. It’s some sort of spruce tree, but with a huge trunk at the base, and then what seems like several huge trunks dividing out of it. It is such an incredible tree that one morning as I was riding by I decided to stop and take a picture of it so I could show my kids, thinking they would probably love to climb it. Here’s the picture:
But last week as I was riding by, the street was closed off to traffic (not bikes though!) and as I got closer to my favorite tree, I saw why the street was closed. One of the huge branches of the trees had broken off from the rest, crushed a car, and lay splayed in the middle of the street. Oh no! There were neighbors all around, and of course I stopped to get the scoop. Apparently at around 6:30 a.m. the ground began to rumble – people in several houses felt it, and then the crash. I guess one of the neighbors missed getting squashed in his car, having left his potentially deadly parking spot at 6:27 a.m. Thankfully nobody was hurt, but things weren’t looking too good for the tree. It was going to have to come down. Bummer.
So for the next few mornings, as I rode my bike past my favorite tree, a huge truck was parked in front of the house, and arborists were in the process of taking down the tree. It made me sad, but I was pretty impressed with their ability to take down such a huge tree in such a small space. Then yesterday I asked them if I could have some of the wood chips to use as mulch in my garden. The answer was yes.
So today I went and got Todd’s pickup truck, and after school I went over to my favorite tree, and started loading up. Well, I didn’t really do much loading – the really nice helper guy filled up several garbage cans and dumped them into the back of the truck. Wow, it smelled amazing. One of the neighbors saw what I was doing and came by with a wheel barrow, and filled up a few loads for herself.
Then it was back to my house, where for the next few hours I hauled and arranged mulch in all of the beds. I was told at a nursery that the arborist mulch is excellent because it lasts a long time, lets the water in, but keeps the weeds at bay. I love that it was free, and most of all I love that I have part of my favorite tree in my own yard. It looks and smells great!