Last fall we bought a red sunset maple tree and a red oak for our front lawn. Its not that we don't have any trees in our yard already (that's one of the great perks of living on a farm that's been around for 150+ years, we have LOTS of big trees), its just that most of the ones that we do have aren't going to last for very much longer.
When Chris's ancestors planted the trees, they planted a few maples, which will last for a while longer, and a whole slew of Chinese elm trees. They planted these elms because their nature is to grow big, and get there fast. Since Chris and I started dating in 2005, I have seen 2 of these monster trees get cut down because of their fast deterioration toward falling onto the house. These trees can look healthy at the end of a summer and come the following spring, half of the tree will not come back to life. We both love having huge shade trees in our yard so we knew that we must start planting for the future.
|The men hard at work.|
He thought it might even be a nice addition to the place. Hooray :)
Thank you, Dad!
(Yes, that is my garden in the background.. check out 'tomato jungle' on the right)
So today over lunch, dad went with us to 11th Street Nursery and we picked the old girl up and planted her in the back yard on the north side of the garage. We look forward to someday putting a wood-seated rope swing on it where our kids can swing.. and the many games of hide 'n' seek that it will, no doubt, be a part of.