When we bought our house back in 2013, one of the first things my husband said was a few bad words followed by Ash Trees. He hated Ash Trees. We had them at the farm we were living on and they are messy trees, not huge growers, and as he would say, “Why plant an Ash when you can plant a Maple?”.
I’ll have to admit, I agreed.
This was how our house looked back when we first bought it. For those of you who are new here, we bought a foreclosure home for $20K and put a whole lot of money into it, and ended up with this…
My husband wasn’t sad when a few years later we heard that the Ash Bore was coming and killing off Ash Trees. I wasn’t sad either…
Then we lived here for a while and I got kind of attached to those annoying Ash trees at the front of the house. They provided a ton of shade to the childcare kiddos and our family in the afternoons when it was too hot to be in the backyard. There were no trees in the backyard as it is to the west so afternoons are HOT in the backyard. We have since planted two trees there but as you all know… it takes a bit for trees to grow. Those Ash trees near the sidewalk made the front yard nice.
Fast forward to this year… As spring came I took a look at my trees. Umm…trouble was in sight.
The sidewalk you see is in front of my house. There are three trees in the picture. The bad tree near the cars in my neighbor’s tree. The one in the middle is mine as is the one to the left of it. You can see the middle tree didn’t leaf out. The one on the left is about half. UGH.
The Ash Bore came.
Well, my husband got his wish…the Ash trees have to go, but dang it. My husband passed away and left me to deal with it. (These are the worst times for me. I don’t have a clue how to deal with it)
I was pretty sad. I didn’t want to deal with this and darn it. I had come to appreciate those trees.
So my first idea was to message my kids to see if we could come up with ideas. Kalissa, our daughter, had a tree service come to take out a big oak of theirs and it was $750. Um…that’s a lot.
Our son Buck is handy and great with a chainsaw but was this too much? My neighbor is great with a chainsaw and I thought maybe if we help him, he’ll help us. That was a pretty good idea. Buck said he could get the tree down but the bigger problem he thought was what to do with the tree once it’s down. Darn. Good point.
Then I called Craig, my son-in-law. He’d work on that…he had an idea or two but wasn’t sure about them. They would take a little investigation.
Then I called my son Karl. He is on the city council. I wanted to know if we’d have to do something in regard to closing the road. I didn’t know if we had to notify someone or how that worked. He said he would talk to the Mayor at the next city council meeting.
Well, it just so happens that my neighbor was at my grandson Carver’s ball game last night. The mayor is my neighbor across the road. He’s a great guy and has a great family. Anyway, I asked him about closing the road or if we had to do something about that.
He said, “Remind me where the trees are located.”
I told him they are between the sidewalk and the road. He told me, “Don’t worry about it. They are the city’s trees.”
WHAT??? I was instantly elated. The trees aren’t my problem. I don’t have to fork any money…nothing. YAHOO!!! I’m so excited. I did all the worrying about the problem and the problem isn’t mine to worry about. I’m so happy.
Then I came home and looked at the trees as I turned in the driveway…I was sad again. I’m going to miss those trees…but at least they aren’t my problem to worry about!! Knowing that, made me smile again.
I’m hoping they get to it this summer. Fingers crossed. I don’t want it to look ugly with half-dead trees here.