In all fairness, the second tree I wanted rid of wasn’t a tree, it was a very, very big shrub. I reckon it must have been planted 20 years ago with the view that it would always be a 12” high, piney and prickly bush, but it grew to over 10 foot tall and devastated the corner of the garden where it was in situ, drying out the soil to the point it was like volcanic sand. To add to the damage the soil is now quite acidic from the years of tangy needles falling and rotting on the ground.
There is something particularly masculine about wielding an axe and chopping at the trunk of a tree, with each swish there follows a deep thud and then the sprinkling of wood chippings falling like sprinkles onto a freshly baked cake. It took a good 20 minutes and then a final push leaving the mutant shrub on the lawn ready for dissection into small manageable chunks.
There now requires a little planning with what to do in my new garden corner. I’ve noticed what looks like a raspberry struggling to grow. It must have been part of a fruit patch years ago and has somehow hung on through thick and thin. I’m inclined to nurture it and weave it up through the trellis as it grows. Do I Lime the patch to lower the acidity or attempt to have a blueberry patch in the hope that the acid and sandy soil will be to their liking? The corner probably gets about 5 hours of direct sunlight per day, a little in the morning but most in the evening, possibly a bit longer in the height of summer.
There remains one tree now, an ornamental cherry, it’s a proper tree and will not be removed, so the other option is woodland plants that like a bit of dappled shade. I could also put in a few wild Strawberry’s as these are native to woodland.