Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Sad Day in Westminster

When we moved into our home 16 years ago, the builder put two small evergreens in the front of the house. There were supposed to be slow growers and were not to grow taller then 10 feet. Well when they got to be about 15 feet with no end in sight, we decided to remove them from the front yard. My husband thought he could move them to the back yard. I hate to kill a plant of any kind. The neighbors told him they would die, but my husband is always up to a challenge. He successfully transplanted them to the backyard where they continued to flourish.


We lost one to the pool, but the second we decided to leave alone. It got to be 25 feet tall and had no sign of stopping. It was between our house and a neighbors and was beginning to encroach on their property. We get severe wind storms tunneling between the houses, we (and the neighbors) started to get concerned it would come down on one of the houses. That doesn't even get into the problem with the sap and the dogs. The loved to run around it. We didn't want to see anyone or animal hurt, so we made the tough decision, that the great evergreen had to come down.


So Charles got out the saw, ladder and rope tonight and started the process. My husband would have made a good boy scout. Controlled destruction. I feel like we are losing a friend.
I don't know if the dogs will forgive us for getting rid of their playground. Flynn certainly was giving us "the look".

6 comments:

Margaret said...

Flynn looks like he's saying, "Where'd it go?"

Ben said...

Yep, I have argued to keep some of our trees. As a result we have very little ground with decent sunlight and hence no veggie garden to speak of. Choices, choices...

Jessica said...

I know exactly how you feel. I have several huge old maple trees in my back yard that have grown brittle and dangerous. We are going to be faced with the same decision as you soon. I am trying to hang on to my maples as long as I can.

Plant a few new trees... maybe it will make you feel better.

Jen said...

That tree had a good long happy life. You should be proud of how you took care of it.

Elise said...

We have the same problem over here. We have too many large trees too close to the house and they could come crashing down on our home during a bad storm. Every year chris and I take a walk around the house with a critical eye, to decide which trees have become too dangerous to keep.

Sean said...

Good riddance, that tree was a pain in the arse!