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