My Old Gal will live on and we can age together!

This is my Old Gal that I have been working with in our Urban Potager since 1999. She is my difficult sometimes, but I can't imagine not having her standing tall and greeting me every  day...
This is my Old Gal + we have been working together since 1999. She can be difficult at times to work with, but I can’t imagine not having her standing tall and greeting me every day…

A few weeks ago I called a local arborist. It is not easy to find an arborist in the Quad Cities. Our Quad Cities is home to 5 cities “straddling the Mississippi River on the Iowa-Illinois boundary, in the United States. The cities are Davenport + Bettendorf(Iowa), and Rock Island, Moline and East Moline (in Illinois). These cities are the main area which consists of about 400,000 people. You would think that it would have more than 1 certified arborist to serve this metropolitan area, but it does not, so we are lucky we have 1 “tree doctor” that could evaluate our old gal.

She holds down the corners of our 4 yards ...
She holds down the corners of our city lots……

Our Old Gal which I lovingly call her sits at the southern corner of 4 city lots. She is an old Silver Maple that is over 75+ yrs old. She had been standing here before homes were constructed. The old farmhouse up the street was converted to a bakery/cafe a few years ago. It may have been one of the original farmhouses.

over the years + seasons beauty surrounds...
Over the years + seasons beauty surrounds my Old Gal’s textured trunk…

Trees are so important to our cities. A few years ago we lost almost all the trees in our back lots from a storm. They were broken in half and never were able to come back after they were all blown to the ground.

she lets me tuck in a birdbath, heirloom petunias, basil, and heirloom lemon cherry tomatoes between her base...she never complains...
She lets me tuck in a birdbath, heirloom flowers + herbs + vegetables + she never complains…

Our Old Gal weathered that horrible storm. In fact, she is the only tree left between the corner of 4 lots. At one, time, there were 3 old trees, but now she is all that connects our city lots.

This fell on my neighbors side of the fence a few weeks ago, I would not of noticed it, but I was chatting with my neighbor behind about another neighbors branch breaking her fence when we noticed her trying to shove this HUGE branch over my fence. She bent my fence when she was trying which did not make me mad just thought she might of hurt herself trying to push over this HUGE branch. I'm grateful it did not fall on anyone in her backyard!
This fell on my neighbor’s side of the fence a few weeks ago, I would not have noticed it, but I was chatting with my neighbor behind about another neighbors branch breaking her fence when we saw her trying to shove this HUGE branch over my fence. I’m grateful it did not fall on anyone in her backyard!

I was concerned My Old Gal was ill when she dropped a HUGE branch on my neighbor’s side the other weekend. I did not want anyone to be hurt since a few weeks earlier our neighbor had another branch (not our Old Gal) fall on her fence and break it.

She is a beautiful Golden Color that layers the garden floor with fall beauty...
She is a beautiful Golden Color that layers the garden floor with fall beauty…

I was so upset about our Old Gal that I had my husband walk around with the arborist while I stayed inside and worked.

Her leaves heal our soil every year ....
Her leaves heal our soil every year…

I did not want to hear the words, “She needs to go,” and even though I find her leaves a lot of work at this time of year, I sure could not see living without her on our city lot.

Tatsoi covered with our Old Gals golden leaves...
Tatsoi covered with our Old Gals golden leaves…

Her base takes the entire southern area of our lot, which complicates my growing, and she does shade most of my garden beds, but I work around her every year!

She is shelter to not only us, but many animals. Our favorite thing to do in the summer after dusk is to wait for the large owls, bats and other night critters to hang out in her large branches....
She is shelter to not only us but many animals. Our favorite thing to do in the summer after dusk is to wait for the large owls, bats and other night critters to hang out in her large branches….

Our Old Gal provides for the animals as well as keeps us cool in the middle of our hot summers. You can step under her, and the heat of the day disappears!

My Old Gal provides a place us to  gather , share + create....
My Old Gal provides a place for us to gather, share + create….

Well, it all worked out she is only getting a trim! He said, “this old tree is showing her age, but she is just fine”…shoot I am showing my age! YIPEE!!! My Old Gal and I can hang out and age together!