Brad­ford Pears Are Not The Best To Plant

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - COMMUNITY - MARIE ROY WCN Colum­nist

“The sweet gum trees are es­pe­cially col­or­ful

in au­tumn. Last fall as I en­joyed them, I thought ‘Why drive miles to en­joy fall col­ors when I have that in my own yard?’”

Some years ago I was ad­vised not to set out Brad­ford Pear trees in my yard, as they were real bad to split and breakup dur­ing a storm or high wind (this af­ter the fact as I had just bought two for my yard.)

Af­ter they had grown, a neigh­bor said he passed by one day, and thought one of them was the pret­ti­est tree he had ever seen. The next day a wind blew half of that tree down, and a year later the other half was blown down. So, I learned the hard way. They are also very in­va­sive, full of messy berries, and sprouts grow­ing up around the trees, and still around that stump and along the roots.

The other trees I have found that are not best for the yard are the sweet gum and pine, both beau­ti­ful, green and col­or­ful dur­ing sum­mer and fall.

The sweet gum trees are es­pe­cially col­or­ful in au­tumn. Last fall as I en­joyed them, I thought “Why drive miles to en­joy fall col­ors when I have that in my own yard?” But, the sad side to that is the time con­sum­ing work of clean­ing up all those sweet gum balls. I am ready to have those trees cut down. Any one avail­able for the job?

Then the pines, so beau­ti­ful and green all year; and af­ter all, they are our state tree. Here again, the pine nee­dles are a night­mare to rake and clean up.

I would sug­gest set­ting out the sweet gum and pine in a space close enough one can en­joy the beauty, but be­yond the lawn space!

The Sugar Hill Church Easter din­ner is planned for Sun­day, April 15, so mem­bers who so wish, can spend Easter Sun­day with fam­ily re­unions.

I goofed again, the birth­days which should have been in this re­port, were sent in early. I’m sorry if some have been missed.

Happy years, all!

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