While we were outside carving pumpkins over the weekend, I noticed that the maple tree in our backyard was finally beginning to put on its fall colors. I grabbed my camera and snapped a few pictures of the leaves, to mark this tree’s final turning. See, I love this tree and the shade it offers over our backyard, but soon we will have to have it removed. We noticed a few years ago that its roots were beginning to cause problems, and we’ve put off the inevitable as long as possible but now the time has finally come.
When Seth was little, he used to beg his daddy to lift him up to the crook of the tree and he’d sit there, content to remain perched above us all. One summer, we hung the garden hose over the crook to make a shower of rain for him to play in. The past couple of spring seasons, both boys and I have watched a bluebird family inhabit its branches to guard a nest under our carport. For the past two months, we have lived nearly everyday in the cool of its shade, knowing it would be our last season to enjoy that privilege.
Even though I know the roots are causing trouble, I feel so sad about making this call to our “tree guy”, the contractor we use to trim our trees. I’ll probably have him come over next week to take care of it, fully expecting that both my kids are going to be traumatized the day the tree comes down. Seth, especially, is attached to this maple tree and we’ve talked a lot about what needs to happen so that he will be prepared for it.
I haven’t decided yet what we will do with the spot that’s left behind. The stump needs to be ground, to prevent the tree roots from continuing to spread (because apparently that’s a real thing!). It’ll be a while before another tree can be placed there, but I can’t imagine yet how I can make the spot look like anything other than a place where a tree used to be. Anything I can come up with is probably beyond our budget, but I like to dream these things anyway. Ideally, I think I’d one day like to add a patio space for grilling and entertaining to that side of the house. In the meantime, I’m open for suggestions!