I would like to tell you a story. Well, really, I want to tell you the story within the story, and there is actually a story within all of that. But, I suppose the best place to begin is to tell you about the tree.
At the top of the slope to the driveway, sits a Pine tree on one side and an Oak with a slightly thicker trunk on the other. But this story focuses on the Pine. It is closest to the house and the first being that stands next to me when I get in and out of the car. It is also the closest to the house of all the trees here.
This tree has a few branches that brush across the power lines that run from the house to the pole across the road, and when there is heavy snow, I begin to worry just a little bit about those power lines. So, I got some advice about that from a tree expert while he was here to help me evaluate and educate myself on what would be best for the tree, as its roots have grown so big that they continue to crack the asphalt of the driveway clear across to the other side by the Oak tree. The tree guy told me that the power lines aren’t really absorbing that much weight when the branches that drape across them are wet with snow. Hearing that helped to put my mind to rest in the moment, at least on that question. But the bigger question is how to defend the health of the tree and the roots if the driveway were to be repaired. I’ve ruled out repaving for the time being for a number of reasons, and I know that the cracks I’m monitoring are getting a lot bigger. I also know that they have been patched with filler many times in the past, but now it was my turn to decide what to do. The tree guy explained how, if I want to protect the tree, and if I could live with it, I should do nothing, because putting any asphalt and/or filler across the roots will contain harsh chemicals by design to repair the asphalt, but is not good for the tree. So, in the back of my mind, where I parked that information, I felt I’d need to find the least offensive and most pliable way to accomplish both stabilizing the driveway and protecting the tree. Especially since the tree is so close to the house, I want those roots to remain nice and strong and healthy. I was particularly concerned about the roots cracking the driveway leading right up to the cement steps towards the foundation, and his feeling was that, while roots can pop the driveway up, they can’t do much to the foundation.
I once heard an animal communicator talk about her insights regarding the property she lives on together with all her animals. She felt that the land was part of the family, too, and suggested the idea of “what if the land also misses us while we are out, just like the animals do.” What if the land felt happy when we are happy and sad when we are sad, just like the animals pick up on our emotions. It certainly made sense to me, although I’ve never actually heard anyone put it quite that way before. I think the trees and the shrubs listened with interest to that conversation with the tree guy, and that they knew they were included in the decision. But, with that said, they understood they’d have to wait and see what I could come up with, since what effects one tree effects the whole community of plants, shrubs, and trees on the property and then some.