IT'S ABOUT YOU
Learning the basics about your trees will set you up to successfully care for them by knowing what you can do to help them stay healthy and maintain their appearance.
IF TREES COULD TALK
If trees could talk, the tales they’d tell
Would surely be worth listening to.
The trees that form the shady dell
Where lovers their fond vows renew;
The trees that guard the home, the street
Where children play and elders rest;
What varied tales would they repeat
Of hopes deferred or hearts oppressed,
Of happy lives divinely blest.
If trees could talk, how oft we’d hear
Of gross mistreatment, lack of care,
While patiently for many a year,
While thoughtless mortals unaware
Of how tree suffer, why they fail,
Put forth no effort to repel
The foes that constantly assail.
Sad tales like this we know full well,
A myriad suffering trees would tell.
If trees could talk, methinks their words
Would sound a protest loud and stern
For loss of their good friends, the birds,
And make a plea for their return.
Trees need the birds and so do we.
In the incessant fight to stay
The foes that so persistently
On flowers and fruit and foliage prey
Our allies vigilant, are they.
Trees cannot talk, and yet, to him
Who truly loves, these friends of man,
Their every leaf and flower and limb
Is vocal. Since the world began
The trees have been our steadfast friends,
Upon their life and growth depends.
How faithful then our care should be,
How fondly should we love the tree.
- Edmund Spencer
BUDS, LEAVES, OR NEEDLES