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.
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.