Tuesday, May 22, 2012

bummer

dang it!
Lovely isn't it? Actually even though it doesn't look like it at first glance we are extremely lucky. No one was hurt even though this branch fell in the middle of the afternoon the day after a big storm. In other words - a time when my kids or neighborhood kids might have been playing in the backyard. They were not at the time and that is the most important thing. Secondly, this branch did not hit our house or any other property. As you can see, however, it did take the power and phone lines. All in all though this could have been WAY worse.

What this means though is that we are having this very old, possibly infected (many of the ash trees in Saint Paul are - due to emerald ash borer), ash tree removed. Of course this is going to be no small or inexpensive feat. *sigh* We knew it was going to have to be done at some point but were hoping to put it off a little longer.

Besides dodging any injuries the other good side to all of this is that we can begin thinking about a replacement tree. Any northerners (zone 4) have recommendations? We definitely need something tall enough to provide shade and something nice looking would be good too. Suggestions welcome.

5 comments:

SewAmy said...

the is a bummer. I am happy to read no kids were there when it happened.

wrenandstitchy said...

Oh, no :(. What a beautiful tree to lose.

I'm glad no people or your house were hurt.

Have your kids been out there climbing all over it (assuming the power line situation has been taken care of)???

Corinne said...

Yes! They immediately saw the climbing/fort potential when they first saw what happened. We have been doing our best to get it cut up and hauled away as quickly as we can but I feel a little guilty taking away their fun :)

Denise Russell said...

OMG! Thank goodness the kids weren't outside! Digging out an old tree is never fun...

The Prudent Homemaker.com said...

Why not put in a fruit tree?