When we bought our home in 2004, the landscaping was only three years old. We had oak trees, butterfly bushes, crape myrtle and a river birch tree. Over the years, we have watched these trees mature and they are now large, beautiful trees that provide a natural fence-like view of the front yard.
A few years ago, we noticed that the root system of the river birch was growing through our garden. It was a two-weekend, hard labor job to cut out the roots in order to provide space for our garden to grow. We also noticed larger roots growing in the front yard, near our septic system. This was really more a cause for concern because we do not want roots growing through, in or around the septic system.
Here is our big, beautiful birch tree. As you can see from the picture, it is quite tall. Taller that the roof of our house. The trunk circumference is about four feet. It’s often full of squirrels and birds and provides great shade in the spring and summer months.
It helps me to find the good in having to remove this tree. It also helps me to apply a life lesson from this event –
We all have to do things we don’t want to do if it means it’s for the greater good.
For example, I don’t like seeing a huge chunk of our paycheck being auto-drafted every month to go into our retirement account, but it’s for the greater good. We want to retire on time and maintain our lifestyle.
I don’t always like to eat healthily and exercise but I know it’s for the greater good. I want to live a long, healthy life!
I am going to miss seeing this tree as it changes through the seasons. I’ll miss the shade it provides and I’ll miss seeing the squirrels chase each other along the long branches. For now, the tree has served its purpose and its time for us to let it go for the greater good.