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Zen and the Art of Tree Maintenance

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  By Diane Tait Image courtesy Pixabay Poet Joyce Kilmer said it best. “I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree.”   Trees are without a doubt a source of joy and wonder.   They provide a home for songbirds, a source of shade, they help mitigate noise and remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, plus they protect property from wind and weather.   A live oak can reach sixty feet in height and have a crown spread of one hundred feet or more.   Festooned with long beards of Spanish moss, live oaks are one of the majestic emblems of the deep south.   That being said, when hurricane season rears its ugly head, live oaks and other large shade trees can do a great deal of property damage should they topple over or shed a trunk-like limb.   To help you keep your chi in harmony with your trees, I thought I’d take the time to tell you ten things you need to consider when it comes to maintaining the trees that adorn your property.