Clean Slate

We are getting ready to have some landscaping done in our back yard. We want a big patio to hang out on. The plan is to have fires in the fire pit, drink scotch, and play bagpipe music for our neighbors. We’d rather like for them to come join us.

We had a friend in the business come and take a look at our space. While he was here, I asked him about our giant blue spruce. It was looking a little worse for the wear with dead branches at the top. He thought it needed to come down. Apparently, there’s a parasite in the area now that likes blue spruce, and it looked like ours had fallen victim.

Coincidentally (or not), our neighbor across the alley was having their blue spruce taken down. After our friend left, I dashed off to work, and Eric went over to talk to the workers. Turns out, they’d taken several trees down that day in our area.

When I got to work, I got a text saying the guys taking down our neighbor’s tree were going to take ours, too. We got a discount because they were already here. By the time I got home that night, they were long gone. The next morning there were very confused squirrels on our street. (They seem to have gotten over it.)

At first, the yard looked naked. The tree had dominated a lot of real estate, and now all that’s left is sawdust. Now that it’s been a few weeks I can see the possibility. It still makes me a little sad that it took less than two hours to erase a 50-year-old tree from the face of the earth, but our landscape friend has promised we will replace it with something deciduous to keep my office cool in the summer. In theory, at least.

Here is the photographic evidence. The snowy one was taken March 14, and the dandelion one is brand new of the same spot. Stay tuned for pics when we get the patio done.

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