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Does anyone else feel guilty?

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  • Davesnave
    Davesnave Posts: 34,741 Forumite
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    edited 16 September 2011 at 8:08AM
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    You're feeling guilty because we're all supposed to be eco-friendly these days and trees are supposed to be good for the environment. However, suburban trees are like any other plant - they may need trimming or weeding out. If you look at them this way, it doesn't feel so bad.

    It depends what the tree is. Some suburban trees are imports with little wildlife appeal, no matter how attractive we humans find them.

    A species that has been growing here for thousands of years may have ten times the wildlife value of another, brought in during the last century or two.

    But even 'natural' trees, like oaks, may need trimming and pruning in their early years. I know one of ours gets mildewed, as it produces so many branches that light & air can't get in properly. I shan't be doing that when it gets to 40' though......for two very good reasons!:rotfl:
  • oldtractor
    oldtractor Posts: 2,262 Forumite
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    yes i do feel guilty. but have planted 100m of hedgerow 5 years ago and several trees inc fruit trees.
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    I read once that domestic gardeners would do well to think of any tree they plant as a plant with a 15 year life, then take it out and plant another one - that way they stay manageable and it helps with the guilt and ensures a constant supply of trees
    You never know how far-reaching something good, that you may do or say today, may affect the lives of others tomorrow
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