The Giving Trees: Repurposing Your Removal

June 8, 2020 · 1 minute read
The Giving Trees: Repurposing Your Removal

I absolutely love trees, and if you’re reading this article, chances are, so do you! Beyond the virtually limitless gifts that trees provide us, I’ve always appreciated how they impact all of the five senses. The beautiful imagery, the peaceful rustling of leaves, the fragrance in the spring, the texture of different species against your hands, and the taste — yes, the taste can be very helpful in identifying some species!

As tree lovers at Truetimber, we typically reserve our recommendation for removal as a last resort. We recognize that not only can a tree add value to your property, but it may hold a sentimental value for you and your family. It may feel like a friend.

Shel Silverstein’s book, The Giving Tree, reminds me of the infinite love my mother gave me and that my wife gives our daughter. It also makes me think about the endless resourcefulness a tree has during and after its life.

Maybe you want to remember a tree dearly or simply repurpose one (or more) for something useful. If so, read on. I’ve got some creative and fun ideas!

Here’s a garden I did at my place – all harvested from dead cedars in the woods.

Cedar is super durable.

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Or simply use for wildlife habitat and a hammock!  I have a client that is doing precisely that, but no pictures yet! 

Hope you enjoyed these ideas – I would love to hear yours!