It's trees and bushes day up here at Vanishing Point Lodge.
The other day I trimmed the sides of an enormous lilac in my front yard. Is a lilac a tree or a bush? If this one is a bush, it's a 5 meter tall bush. But it does make the yard smell nice this time of year.
This morning I planted some new berry bushes and cut dead branches off the old crab-apple tree in the pasture. (Except for some ones at the top I'd need an arborist's ladder to get even with a pole saw.)
I was going to burn the pruned branches along with the big pile of fir branches from winter storms I have down by the fire pit. But after some though I've decided to go ahead and buy a wood chipper. I have a use for the chips and I won't have to burn them that way.
Regarding that old crab-apple tree: when I bought this property a dozen years ago I seriously thought it was dead. It only had a few leaves and pretty much every inch of it was covered with woodpecker holes.
Since it's doing so well at that spot, which does get a lot of sun, that's where I'm currently planting new fruit trees and berry bushes.
And it really is doing well: last year I could have picked five bushels of crab-apples if I wanted to pick crab-apples.
Currently I just let them fall for the deer, although I might try my hand at pickling some this year. (Apparently pickled crab-apples were a drinking snack a hundred years ago.)
You can come pick as many as you want though!
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