Ash trees in our area have been hit hard by the emerald ash borer. I had hoped that the lone ash in my back yard might escape the fate, but it was not to be. Earlier in the year, I noticed that the leaves at the top of the tree were about half the size of the ones nearer the bottom. When we returned from vacation in August, two of the branches were sporting completely brown, dried out leaves. The tree began to fail quickly after that.

It was such a beautiful day today, with a crisp fall feeling to the air. I took this picture of the backyard just a few minutes before my neighbor came over to fell the dying tree.

The D-shaped holes in the bark are evidence of ash borer. They ran the length of the tree.

The girls and the neighbor had a great time playing with the wheelbarrow before helping out to move the bundles of branches to the street for pick up in the morning.

Even the dog got a wheelbarrow ride.

Though we had to say goodbye to the ash tree, I will be planting one more multi-stem redbud in the back, not far from where the ash stood. And that’s how we spent our Sunday afternoon.


About Siobhan Wolf

Single mom, Spiritualist medium and minister, writer, and photographer exploring life from central Ohio.
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