Size Does Matter: Little Trees and Stonehenge

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Remember that scene in This is Spinal Tap when the band plans a majestic replica of Stonehenge that will sing the glories of their badassitude, but then they screw up the calculations, and an 18 inch tall model stands on the stage instead, singing the follies of their inadequacy?

When I agreed to have the many huge, ugly pine trees in my front yard chopped down by my town for free, I felt guilty about the Earth and all the carbon dioxide that would no longer be sucked out of the air, but I told myself that we would plant gorgeous new trees that were native to boot, and besides the old trees were ugly and made me feel like a hermit, and did I mention that the town was removing them for free rather than costing us $15,000 that I would never agree to spend?

The town may have eventually forced their removal anyway and not have needed our consent. They said the trees were a visibility hazard on our curve in the road (they were), and the trees were hopelessly entangled in power lines.

The town removed the trees in the dead of winter, and a vast, barren expanse of dirt advertised my Earth-hurting ways to the neighborhood for the next six months.

My husband and I met with a nursery that specializes in all native species, and a lovely, crunchy woman drew up plans of local trees and shrubs. She described all the happy birds and butterflies that would seek refuge in our little patch of local flora in a neighborhood filled with nasty, invasive bamboo and burning bushes. She discussed colors and leaf shapes, and, enchanted, I pictured the Eden that would soon be my front yard. We somehow never discussed a budget during this part of the process (why?), and when the quote came in it was three times the highest amount we were able to spend.

We scaled the project way back and had them do only phase one of what will be a three-part plan with younger, smaller (in other words, cheaper) trees and shrubs.

Now that fall has removed the four leaves each of those tiny plants managed to muster, the little things look even more pathetic, and every time I pull into my driveway I remember the Edenic glory from my imagination and think of that tiny Stonehenge on the Spinal Tap stage.

Sorry, Earth. I’ll get your back in five to ten years. Maybe I could buy some carbon offsets to help me sleep at night.

tree removalBefore tree removal, after tree removal,
and with the new, nearly invisible plantings

Local flora landscaping by Earth Tones, LLC, Woodbury, CT

Landscaping plans by Earth Tones, LLC

Tree removal

Cut down trees

About Marcy

I blog about trying to get out of my comfort zone, completing 101 things in 1001 days (and beyond), and writing my memoirs. My book: Timid No More.

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13 Responses to Size Does Matter: Little Trees and Stonehenge

  1. Do you feel naked with your tree screen gone? We traded with a guy to cut down a lot of trees (he keeps the wood, cuts and clears with his machinery). The woods were so overgrown it was like living in permanent night. The woods are healthier for being thinned and some of the sun-loving trees are coming back — maples in particular — now that the oaks don’t block all the light. Nature used to thin woods with fire and lightning. Now, we have to do it. Don’t feel bad. It is okay to want to see the sun 🙂
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    • Marcy says:

      I really love how open it is, actually. We get so much more sunshine than we did before–so much, that my front door has gotten warped and cracked from all the direct heat! The living room is lit up and sunny, though, and my boys’ bedrooms are warmer.

  2. Rahmath says:

    The trees were so tall!!!I don’t remember the last time I saw such huge trees. There used to be very old trees in the city premises in Trivandrum – kerala. But the Government authorities cut them down because they were a safety hazard during the heavy rains. Here, in my neighborhood the trees grow max. 6m high 🙂

  3. zoe says:

    We had to do the same with a couple of ginormous birch trees that were threatening to fall on the house every wind and snow storm that came up. I felt awful at first but when the trees started tumbling in the woods next to the house that all changed. The house looks great and I bet the sun inside is lovely now!

    • Marcy says:

      I love birch trees, but yeah once the house is in jeopardy you can’t mess around. Thanks–I’ve been loving the extra sunshine.

  4. Jen says:

    I would have felt guilty about taking the trees down too. ha ha But at least they can go to mulch and help new gardens grow. I love that you can see your beautiful home now and have a chance for a do-over.

  5. Stacie says:

    Wow! You’ll get there. I like seeing your house. That WAS hermit-like before!
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  6. It’s so hard to lose trees, even when they are a hazard or block the sun. Still, better to have them removed for free…and I’m sure your little trees will do better next year 🙂
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