And there was light. . .

Our home and yard is surrounded by huge, beautiful maple trees.  We use them for shade while relaxing in the yard, cooling the house in the summertime and making maple syrup in the spring.  They’re beautiful in the summer and fall BUT they shade most all of my flowerbeds and I do love my flowers.   Towards the end of summer I asked hubby if he thought trimming the lower limbs on the big maple in the front yard would damage the tree or change the cooling factor in regards to the house.  He studied on it and we decided that during a real cold snap we would take off the bottom three largest limbs.

The huge maple in the middle of the photo shades all of the west end of our house and the yard.

The huge maple in the middle of the photo shades all of the west end of our house and the yard.

I've tried to plant a lot of flowers on this side of the yard that love shade but they still don't get enough sun once the tree leafs out. There are also bare spots in the yard front to back due to lack of sun and the tree gets all of the moisture.

I’ve tried to plant a lot of flowers on this side of the yard that love shade but they still don’t get enough sun once the tree leafs out. There are also bare spots in the yard front to back due to lack of sun and the tree gets all of the moisture.

I will not give up the tree because we spent our afternoons when it’s hot and evenings there all summer long.

The three bottom branches were removed.

The three bottom branches were removed.

We did do the trimming this year and from the front porch it’s like a whole new world has lit up by just removing the bottom three large branches.  I can only imagine how it will look during the summer.  I have bulbs and tubers all along that fence that have a few blooms and I’m hoping this will improve their beauty and blooms.

2nd view of removing the three limbs.

1st view of removing the three limbs.

1st view of trimming 2016

2ndt view of trimming 2016

3rd view of trim 2016

3rd view of trim 2016

It’s nothing major and won’t hurt the structure of the tree and hopefully the grass and flowerbeds on this side of the yard will benefit from the trim.

 

 

2 responses to “And there was light. . .

  1. I think that’s the tree that so impressed me I took a picture of it 🙂 Just gorgeous!

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    • It’s beautiful in the summer and fall and we usually hang 4-6 sap buckets on it because it’s so healthy and runs good. I’m so afraid we’ll lose the huge one that stands beside the driveway and beside the mansion. The center of it is rotting and there’s no way we can stop the water from running through the center because it’s so big. I just hope it doesn’t land on the mansion. Birds and squirrels love it.

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