Kilmer is right: trees are more beautiful than any poetry and there is some awesomely beautiful poetry out there.
And with so much rain forest being cleared; so much timber being ripped from the landscape (even though I'm in Ohio and nowhere near timber country), and in light of how long it takes a tree to mature, I feel they ought to be cherished, appreciated, revered, if you will.
I'm feeling horribly down because there's a young oak sapling, about twelve or fifteen feet tall, in the back yard/garden, and it's Too. Close. To. The. House.
First of all, please understand I didn't plant it. I don't think any of the previous owners planted it, either. I suspect it was planted by the squirrels, who busily plant buckeyes. There's a buckeye sapling or six coming up in the hedges and I have yet to figure out how to remove those.
The immediate problem, though, is the oak.
For this year, it's still all right from the standpoint of pushing into the foundation, which is going to have issues eventually, anyway. I'd rather not hurry that eventuality, though.
But for the time I've had this house (six autumn 2006) the young oak has of course grown taller, very straight, and its shadow is getting bigger every season because of course the branches are getting longer.
For two seasons, I've pruned/trimmed branches.
But as already noted, sooner or later this tree will prove a hazard to the house itself: pushing the foundation, slapping at the windows and things of that sort.
A friend has pointed out that if it's my intention to remove this tree altogether, then it doesn't matter much if I do it in the spring, or in the fall. It seems a shame to have to do this, because right now it's a lovely young thing: very straight-growing, as I've already said. If Providence wills it, I'll be in this house until the end of my days, and if all other factors are equal or at least average, that oak will have done a lot of growing by then.
Meanwhile, I'd like to have my back garden all sun. I'd like even more not to have to fret myself over the tree roots and the foundation.
So: take it now? Wait a year? Take it down this coming autumn? Just wimp out, sell the property in another few years, and let someone else worry about the nice oak?
I hate the idea of cutting down a tree, and I hate myself for contemplating it, but I also hate the idea of having the foundation stoved in by tree roots.
How says this good community of gardening folk?