Monday, March 14, 2016

Tree Logic

We're doing some building work at the Missions. Putting a new roof on one church, repairing the roof on another, fixing an out of control tree problem and repainting the HQ. One roof's been sorted out and a tree crew arrived this morning with a cherry picker, provoking a furious response from Blue Sentinel.

I took the dog for a walk to the local Pick 'n Steal so I could get a coffee and the tree gang could get on with their work. What sort of trees should we plant to replace the dead ones that are being taken down? I asked myself, as I sipped my coffee, while the dog stood guard against any life-threatening squirrels, cats, birds or mail trucks.

Typically, in this town, when trees are removed they're not replaced, giving our rural farming community's center a desolate, parade square, car park blasted by the sun look. That's unfortunate, because trees give needed shade in the fierce Texan summer. They look good, too.

Back at the Compound, I found the tree experts staring forlornly at their idle machinery. At what point, we have to ask, is technology  indistinguishable from magic?

Stay tuned for more, as this exciting story develops.




LL said...

I think that you should plant Magnolias.

Ancient English oaks would be nice but you have to wait 250 years to get them to the state where they're totally cool.

LSP said...

Good suggestion, Crepe Myrtle's work well too, though they're not that large.

Adrienne said...

Here's a rather nice site to help with your research.

My favorite go-to tree is Mountain Ash, but I don't know how they'd do in Texas.

Mattexian said...

Pecans seem popular in Central Texas. Cedar, not so much, they're too thirsty for as dry as CenTex is. (As I understand it.)