I started writing this post back in November when the city tree maintenance crews turned up on our street. The piles of sawdust collecting in the gutter is the sign of what they were doing.
Like many communities across the country, ours has been hit by the emerald ash borer and the infected trees on our street were finally coming down. First they marked all the underground utility lines. Then they came for the trees.
I didn't have the heart to go out and watch them do the deed. I glanced out the windows once or twice and have to say that the crews did a good job. They were hard workers and though they were efficient, it still took them a couple of days to remove the dozen trees that came down on our part of the street.
Once the trees were down another crew came through and ground out the stumps. Then they put down soil and grass seed with a compostable membrane everywhere they had removed a tree.
Our next-door neighbors lost three Ash trees. They were not sorry to see them go as they made it difficult for them — and for us — to get a clear view down the street when we pull out of our driveways. Losing those trees has improved our view and our safety.
And if you look down the street, you can see that we still have lots of tree canopy. A variety of big trees is one of the real advantages of living in an older neighborhood. The loss of a dozen trees is barely visible no matter what direction you look on our street. Given the devastation caused by the emerald ash borer, our neighborhood has been lucky.