Tree trimming in the South Loop: lose some, gain some

Tree trimming in the South Loop:  lose some, gain some
My "new" flowering crabapple

My recent tree trimming saga started when a bunch of ex-cons came by my house with hatchets and chainsaws in the Fall, told by their boss apparently to have at it on the "public" side of my fence.  Yes, I'm told that the City of Chicago--to its credit, I must say--hires ex-cons to beautify certain areas. But the boss doesn't require that they become arborists with years of experience under their belt first.

So have at it they did at my South Loop home at Roosevelt and State.  They chopped off half my 20-year-old Linden tree and decimated my 15-year-old lilac bushes.  But only on one side.  The side that had some outgrowth and overhang on State Street.  This left my Linden totally lopsided.  And my prized lilacs looking totally stupid.

I marched to the Alderman's office for reparations.  Needless to say, I never got me any.  I was left to straighten everything out on my own--and I should have included a psychiatrist in the straightening out.  Because  I have been very mentally rattled by this experience for months.  Until last week when Davey Tree company, my new best friends, came to the rescue.

I got an experienced and educated arborist to supervise the job, a true pro.  And two guys with 10 years and 30 years experience, respectively, in handling trees of all kinds.

And this is what they did in my yard, aside from pruning (while climbing) my Linden back to balance:  they removed 3/5 of my flowering crabapple that grows huge green apples (I thought I would have a panic attack--but I LOVE it); they pulled out a big elm, a big maple, a moderate-sized mulberry (all of which started as volunteers and got way too big) and a huge vine that was totally covering the north side of my house--and a little on the south side.

After their three hour visit, I asked about another volunteer that was growing on the north side of the house.  Should it come out, too?  I couldn't identify it and didn't know if it, too, would grow big and dangerous.  "It's another flowering crabapple," said the arborist.  "Ah, let it be.  Enjoy it for a few years--and when it gets too big, then we'll come and take it out."

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