Remains of a Tree or Two

February 24, 2010 § Leave a comment

What I’m about to write feels almost sacrilegious, as an excited, new gardener, I should be more interested in adding new plants rather than removing them.  Yesterday, a hitman arborist and his crew came to take care of the contract I took out on two Lombardy Poplars.  This pile is what remains of the aforementioned trees. 


Normally the felling of large trees, even if they are ugly, isn’t something to celebrate. However, we have discovered that Lombardy Poplars are generally considered invasive.   I would call them weeds. Baby trees or ‘root sprouts’ (if you prefer proper terminology) pop up from their massive root system.  We’ve ripped out a handful of root sprouts already and we haven’t been here a year yet.  Our neighbors have been doing the same for many years. Even once the stumps are ground out, we’ve been told to expect to continue removing root sprouts for at least a year or two. 

Last night I toasted their demise with a lovely glass of wine and began to mentally prepare myself for an ongoing, vigilent campaign against root sprouts.


In all seriousness, if you are considering removing trees, consult with a credentialed arborist and be sure to on check local laws governing tree removal.

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