Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Trees-Fleeting Fall Color

With temperatures in the low 70’s and a strong south wind, the colored leaves fell today. We are to have another nice day tomorrow but a cold front is on it’s way. This time of year, we appreciate every 70 degree day we may have. The red maple across the street was just beautiful a couple days ago. As shown on the ground below it, they come down in a hurry. We have a Japanese Maple in our backyard with red leaves. They are not as vibrant as those across the street but tend to “hang on” much longer. Our Birch trees have been losing their leaves as they turn yellow over the past few weeks. The leaves on the Red Oak in the backyard just get a “rusty, reddish” color
as can be seen over the left end of our house. We have planted all the trees in our yard and that adds to the enjoyment we get from them. It has been said that the best time to plant a tree was 25 years ago. The second best time is tomorrow. While it may seem that trees grow slowly, it’s amazing how soon they get to be the size of this yellow maple in our front yard. We do have a problem with this tree in that it seems that the roots have come to the surface around the trunk making it difficult for grass to grow. I don’t know what could cause this unless I didn’t plant it quite  deep enough. We have seen the trees in other yards with a retaining edge filled with compost. 

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