My Trees Are Proof: You Don’t Have To Settle
Note: OK, sometimes you have to settle for some things, but certainly not for all.
When you buy a newly built house in the city these days, you get it on a lot about as big as a postage stamp. At least that’s the way it is in my city, and with my new house. Where we live now, you can literally stand between my place and my neighbour’s and touch both – or almost. I know, scary.
But that’s the way it is. When we were deciding where to move a few years ago, we wanted to stay in the same neighbourhood. We liked the area, and logistically for everyone’s school and work, it made the most sense. Plus, for what we needed size-wise, it was really our only option.
As you can imagine, because the lot is so small, privacy was an issue right from the start, especially in the backyard. Sunday dinners might as well have been a group effort with the family behind us, though I’m not sure they would’ve appreciated it very much. They seem to be a quiet bunch. We are definitely not.
Thus, how to separate our spaces became fairly high on our priority list – for everyone’s sake. We did have a chain link fence that the builder had installed, but that was useless. What were we going to do? Put in another fence? Or maybe some trees? Definitely both.
The bushes/trees were another issue altogether. The one thing I knew for sure was that I didn’t want cedars. As they seem to be the standard “green thing to put up when you want privacy” choice, you see them everywhere around here. Unfortunately, I’m just not a fan. I think maybe I had some sort of terrible “cedar hedge” experience as a child. Plus, they attract mosquitoes, and mosquitoes are attracted to me. Not gonna work.
Still, I needed something that would grow tall but not too wide, something that was relatively hardy as I am known as a bit of a plant killer, and something that would do well in our climate. And I looked. Believe me, I did.
A few grueling months of schlepping from nursery to nursery, and scouring the internet for information, I thought I was never going to find an answer. Whew, such hard work.
I was just about to call it quits and suffer living with a single buffer alone – I know, woe is me – when I found just the thing. One day, while waiting for my son to finish football practice, I saw them – trees, slim and elegant standing on guard along the roadside. They were perfect.
And that was it. I took a picture, and sent it to my contractor to see if he knew what they were – columnar oak, as it turned out. I told him to get me some and quick.
It’s been two years now, and I absolutely LOVE my trees. I have six of them, and they are magnificent. Yes, we spent a little more than we would have if we’d just gone with the damn cedars, but these are different. They are so much nicer. And all it took to get them was a little creative thinking, a very large truck, and some strong guys to put them in the ground.
And now the neighbours behind me have a moderate shield against the continual shouts of “why the hell are you doing that?” and “for crying out loud, put your pants on”. It’s better than nothing.
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