Changes are happening in our part of the county; a little lesson in local government working for the people. And it was pretty easy to accomplish, this relatively inexpensive project. The dirt road which intersects our long drive is being paved. Our neighbor has wanted this for years as the sand on the road finds its way to his pond with rain. Asphalt will stop this, and probably keep the pond water higher all year.
Glenn wants the improvement too, and gathered signatures. Heavy rains cut waterways around the mouth of our drive and around the mailbox. To me, the paving represents unwanted growth, but I relented.
We will lose our elaeagnus bushes at the left of this picture. It is OK. Planted at the very beginning of my gardening career, they really make no sense where they are. They do not match on either side of the drive as a car drove over and pruned one set one late night. Happily, the construction guys will dig them up, root ball included, and lift them on a waiting trailer for us. We are going to plant them at the very back of our acreage and let them do their fast growing best.
Another local resident has a crop of Loblolly pines growing in harvestable rows at the back of our acreage. Since I have been here the trees have been thinned twice. It won’t be long until they are sold and the whole process will start again. It will mean big changes to the back of our property and we want those ten elaeagnus to be as large as possible to muffle sound and block vision. It is a noble job for those bushes and we are sure glad we have them for this use.
What else was positive about this road construction? Well the way the bigger trees were cut down was interesting, and we got an example that will be the new mantle for the fireplace in the kitchen. The old one was the victim of an accident. It is difficult to imagine what kind of huge machine fairly took bites out of the trunk of this tree!
We are going to try and save the bark, while planing about a three inch flat plane across the top of this.