The Tidiness Dilemma
They were driving me nuts! I have a couple dead Pecan trees in my yard and periodically they drop large dead limbs with gobs of moss. It’s been a long time since I have seen a green leaf on either of them. The wood is decayed and crumbly so it’s not difficult to collect the fallen limbs (there are no branches left) but I was dying to chop them down.
Last month, as I lugged another fallen limb to the trash, I looked at one trunk that had slowly dwindled down to 20 ft in height. There is a hole at the base of the tree large enough for a family of hobbits to pass through. The interior is dark and mysterious and I envisioned a raccoon charging out, obviously very inconvenienced by my snooping into his home, but all I saw was darkness. No one seemed home. I suppose it’s time to get rid of them. My neighbors had been quietly asking the same question. “Why is she keeping those behemoths? What an eyesore!”
So I thought, “It’s time to take them down!” I made a mental note to call my neighbor, Jerry, the next day and have him push them over with his tractor and drag the hulking masses of decaying wood to the trash. I would be rid of them! My yard would be tidy once again.
But, the next day, while walking past one dead trunk (that’s all that’s left), I heard the rat-a-tat-tat of a Woodpecker. Looking up I saw the shy creature as he slipped around to the backside out of view. I suppose the Woodpeckers are still finding insects in the wood, but the trunks look so dead! The Woodpeckers will find food in other trees!
Then today, as I tidied my yard, I heard the distinct call of the Red-shouldered Hawk. Looking up I caught a glimpse of two hawks mating at the very top of one of the snags! “Yeah”, I thought, “the snags are staying”!
posted by Laurie Sheldon