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April 15, 2015

Upon purchase of our property we “inherited” many items the seller left behind. I think this happens with many older properties. In our case, most of it is garbage: old tires, old kitchen cabinets, old electrical wiring, old stuff. However, we are slowly selling some of the barely-valuable items on craigslist. A set of six old vinyl windows fell into this category. Over the weekend we had someone stop by to purchase them. $20 for six small/medium windows. As if often happens we got in a conversation with him; turns out he is an arborist. From Wikipedia, “An arborist, or (less commonly) arboriculturist, is a professional in the practice of arboriculture, which is the cultivation, management, and study of individual trees, shrubs, vines, and other perennial woody plants. Arborists generally focus on the health and safety of individual plants and trees, rather than managing forests (the domains of Forestry and Silviculture) or harvesting wood. An arborist’s scope of work is therefore distinct from that of either a forester or a logger, though the professions share much in common.”

He is interested in a few trees on our property. Surprisingly, they are trees we are not interested in keeping. Shorty after moving in a large branch fell off a honey locust tree near our barn. We could easily tell the tree had some rotten sections and was posing a minor threat to our barn. The arborist was interested in the tree and would remove it for free. We had a deal! He is also a gardener and would trade some fruit plants and nut trees. So far he has delivered six raspberries, one rhubard, three chestnut trees, and two cherry-cola grape vines (maybe a pinor noir).

Honey Locust trees are somewhat of a weed. They grow and spread quickly and have huge 1-inch thorns that are strong and sharp. The thorns are prevalent on young trees only, mainly saplings with one small shoot. The mature trees are valued for their durable rot-resistant wood.

Along with the large tree near our barn we also have several other smaller honey locust trees. The arborist is interested in all of them. Over the next week he will be removing them.

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