Today is National Tree Day. I am writing this as a reflection, not to fill anyone’s heads full of facts about trees. Most people know how important trees are to our environment.
When we bought the piece of property on which we built our home, we were immediately captivated by the number of trees already on the property. It was a big selling point. The house we built was already framed by some beautiful mature trees, instead of having a new house on a flat, empty piece of land. It was so beautiful.
Then a couple years ago, the emerald ash borer made its way into our area, and devastated the ash trees in the county. We were forced to cut down our dying ash trees, which made me sad. They were so big and beautiful, but there was nothing we could do, as the insect borer is relentless in its pursuit of ash trees.We rallied and planted a couple new trees last year, one a small sapling and the other a bit taller. Both are still in the early growth stage, but are doing well. We still have one ash tree that is half-dead, and will probably have to be felled next year. Another empty space in the yard means that we will buy another tree next spring to replace our dying ash.