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Tuesday, 18 October 2016 18:54

It’s Easy being Green--Spare that tree

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By Julia Taylor

            I knew my first house was “the one” as soon as I walked into it. The only thing I didn’t like about it was a large tree blocking all the sun in the backyard.

            Fast forward a few years after I purchased the home—to when I had some money in the bank. I wanted that shade-maker cut down.

            I called a few people for quotes, but the first man who came out, took a look and told me he

wouldn’t do it.

            “It’s a perfectly healthy tree,” he said. “Do you know how much this mature tree does for the whole community? It doesn’t just belong to you.”

            Well, that was weird. Why would someone turn down work?

            The tree was mine; it was on my property. I hired the next guy.

            Finally, sunshine in my back yard—a lot of sunshine. So much sunshine, in fact, that the following summer my air conditioning just couldn’t keep up, even though it had worked fine in previous years.

            I spent a bunch of money in energy and repair bills, and eventually had to buy a new air conditioner.

            And without that tree, the ravine just behind my property line dried up. It created a desert eye-sore where once had been a lush semi wetland that attracted all sorts of wildlife.

            Now my neighbours and I could see each other—and they no longer had shade either. Needless to say they weren’t very neighbourly after that.

            The following winter was a chilly, windy one, and my home all of the sudden needed new windows and other repairs to keep it warm.

            To top it all off, when I tried to resell, it took a very long time. The feedback was that with no shade in the backyard, it wasn’t very child friendly.

            Well, I guess that first guy was right.

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