We had 17 white pines growing along our road and the electric company comes around every few years and tops them. It looks awful so we finally took them down over three weekends.
September 30 – a view of our two paw paw trees on the right and a crabapple tree on the left. Pines are behind these trees.
October 14 – two weeks later. The photo is taken later in the day and season but I think you can see how it has opened up the space.
another before with the pines behind these trees
and after although not quite the same view. The trees on the left are some of our very tall pear trees.
lots of branches to shred
Our pear trees are so tall we can’t pick the fruit. Dave gathered these from the ground. I cut out the good parts to eat and they were pretty tasty.
Dave got to use his new tractor.
stumps left behind
We planted 11 red chokeberry bushes along the fence.
This one is particularly loaded with berries. These shrubs have pretty white flowers in the spring, berries form in the summer and the leaves turn bright red in the fall. Berries are edible for humans and birds though not very tasty. Even the birds leave them until late winter when other food sources are scarce. I also read that the chokeberries are a good urban shrub and don’t mind road salt. We aren’t in an urban area but we do have a school up the road so we get salted at any sign of inclement winter weather.
So nice to have this done.