Short interruption here. I had a gorgeous old ornamental plum tree in the front of my house. Until last week, wehn I made the difficult decision to have it taken down. It had become so big that it was leaning way out over the street and impeding the passage of persons on the sidewalk (remember, I am a "city" girl). The tree was likely 40 to 50 years old, twisted into marvelouss squiggly shapes.
I agreed to take it down becuse it was inevitable that it needed to come down, and the sooner is is down, the sooner we can get anotehr shade tree growing. It will be very hot for the next few years!
I cried all day the tree came down. LOVED that tree, and it felt like murder to cut it down. But, life goes on.
Now the guy is out there grinding out the huge, convuluted stump. It's a mess! Will need to relandscape and it's going to cost bucks, but my house is almost 60 years old, so it DOES need new thigns.
Back to your regular programming . . .