In Winter, they look cute; when covered in snow.
In Spring, they are absolutely magical. They start to bud and fresh new leaves appear. The birds (Robins) come back from hibernation and make their nests in said trees. The chirping of the birds is most delightful.
In Summer, they are most useful. They are lush with leaves and offer lots of shades for both humans and birds.
In Autumn, they offer beautiful colors, which are a delight for the senses. It is a lot of fun for the kids to play with the leaves.
However, the enjoyment I get out of them in Autumn is severely short-lived. These beautiful deciduous trees that provide shelter to the birds in spring and offer shade in summer are absolutely horrible when they start to shed. It starts off slowly, then they start shedding big time. Raking those freaking leaves off of the lawn is hard. As if the leaves already getting stuck in the grass wasn't bad enough, then you have to account for the morning dew, which makes them heavier and the wetness makes them stick together even more. I hate raking. Did I tell you I hate raking leaves?
Anyway, on Thursday, I came from the gym when I noticed that the front yard was overflowing with leaves yet again. Though tired, I decided to put up and shut up because if I don't do it, they would stay there until my husband cuts the grass on Saturday. Sure he mows the lawn and would have pick up the leaves, but not without subjecting me/us to a "sermon" first. And I DON'T like sermons. So, tired as I was, I raked it and bagged it all. I ended with 2 huge bags. And it only took me 2 hours! (insert sarcastic smile here).
I like my clean yard; my deciduous trees not so much. :) 6726
To enlarge photos, click on the photos.
|Overview of the two trees|
|Close-up of the two trees|
|View of leaves raked off of the grass|
|Close-up of the first pile shown on preceeding photo|
|2 hours of work, 2 bags|