My Mulberry Tree

@fishtiger58 (30320)
Momence, Illinois
December 8, 2015 2:45pm CST
Commonwealth Edison is my electric company. Periodically they go through the neighborhoods looking at trees that need to be cut away from the electric lines. A bit over a year ago they decided my mulberry tree had to go. It was leaning way into the wires and they way they wanted to cut it, it would have looked terrible. I have seen many homeowners trying to save their trees only to have them completely masqueraded by the electric company or the tree service they hire to cut trees. We were given the option of keeping the wood or having them haul it away. Since my husband has a wood burning stove in the barn we opted to keep the wood. The wood guys were kind enough to cut the logs into pieces we could pick up. NOT. I was amazed when they cut it down, how even the smallest pieces we could hardly pick up. Are you aware of how much water a Mulberry Tree retains in it's trunk??? Well let me tell you, it's an enormous amount. The pieces have been sitting in my back yard for just over a year. A few days ago we borrowed my nephew's log splitter and for 2 solid days we split that Mulberry Tree into burnable pieces. Beautiful wood inside a Mulberry Tree. Bright yellow, matter of fact the more water in the wood the deeper the yellow. As it dries it has more of a pastel yellow color. Our pile is about 3 feet wide by 8 feet high. Should last a while
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@rebelann (42369)
• El Paso, Texas
9 Dec 15
Oh what a shame that a living tree has to die because of electric lines, I wish they'd find a different way to handle the problem but I guess they're too lazy.
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@fishtiger58 (30320)
• Momence, Illinois
9 Dec 15
I have seen so many trees looking just awful because of the way they cut them. There should be a better way.
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@rebelann (42369)
• El Paso, Texas
9 Dec 15
I agree @fishtiger58 but too often utility company's are only interested in the easiest way to get their product to the consumer so they don't bother considering the life of a tree .... you did know I'm a tree hugger, right?
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@fishtiger58 (30320)
• Momence, Illinois
9 Dec 15
@rebelann no I didn't but I am a nature buff as well, I didn't want the tree to come down but sadly it was dying and leaning so down it came.
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@jaboUK (54860)
• United Kingdom
8 Dec 15
It's good that you've got free fuel, but that was a lot of work for you. Why can't you put your picture up?
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@fishtiger58 (30320)
• Momence, Illinois
8 Dec 15
@jaboUK I don't know why I can't put my picture up it loads then when the post comes up it's not there. I am pretty frustrated about it. Earlier I was able to load 2 photos.
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@jaboUK (54860)
• United Kingdom
8 Dec 15
@fishtiger58 Perhaps it was the wrong size?
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@fishtiger58 (30320)
• Momence, Illinois
8 Dec 15
@jaboUK is there a wrong size as I see nothing on this site that would suggest my pics are too big. Now that I'm asking questions, how do I message someone like technical support when I don't follow them. So confusing.
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@simone10 (21648)
• Louisville, Kentucky
9 Dec 15
I had no idea that a mulberry tree absorbed so much water. At least now you have enough wood to last a long time.
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@fishtiger58 (30320)
• Momence, Illinois
9 Dec 15
I was stunned by how much water was in that tree.
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@simone10 (21648)
• Louisville, Kentucky
13 Dec 15
@fishtiger58 I bet you were. I would have expected sap but not water.
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@fishtiger58 (30320)
• Momence, Illinois
13 Dec 15
@simone10 I guess that's how trees survive in a drought.
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@poehere (17680)
• French Polynesia
9 Dec 15
Wow that is a lot of wood and must have been a very large tree. I hate to see it when people cut down trees like this. it's a shame to loose such a beautiful tree.
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@fishtiger58 (30320)
• Momence, Illinois
9 Dec 15
@poehere yes but it was dying anyway so it didn't hurt as badly as it could have.
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@poehere (17680)
• French Polynesia
9 Dec 15
@fishtiger58 Well in hat case maybe it was a good idea to cut it down. It is a shame when old trees finally start dying.
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@fishtiger58 (30320)
• Momence, Illinois
9 Dec 15
@poehere it is I like all the many trees around my house but when they are dying it's time to cut them down before they fall down and hurt somebody or something,
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
9 Dec 15
This must have been quite a large tree to yield that quantity of wood.
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@fishtiger58 (30320)
• Momence, Illinois
9 Dec 15
@Asylum it was at least 30 feet tall. Took a long time to split
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
9 Dec 15
@fishtiger58 That would be quite a task for the tree fellers as well because with electricity lines around they would have to trim it down from the top bit by bit.
@fishtiger58 (30320)
• Momence, Illinois
9 Dec 15
@Asylum yes they tied ropes around some of the limbs to keep them from falling on the wires as they cut them. It was quite a show.
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@PainsOnSlate (20410)
• Canada
10 Dec 15
I used to help my Dad and brother split wood for the wood stoves used in the winter. That machine is amazing! That's one huge pile of wood too. My brother heated with wood for years but now uses gas, his wood shed is huge - open on the sides but covered with a roof.
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@fishtiger58 (30320)
• Momence, Illinois
10 Dec 15
@PainsOnSlate We just use it for his stove in the barn, so we don't have a wood shed. We sometimes take our wood camping but these days many states don't want you transporting wood because of the bugs you can bring in the wood. I think there are several different kinds of bugs ruining trees.
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• Canada
10 Dec 15
@fishtiger58 Where we camp you can bring your wood if it comes from a certain area and my sister is in that area. We bring a half full van for two weeks from my brothers shed and some that my sister had from an apple tree that blew down..
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@fishtiger58 (30320)
• Momence, Illinois
10 Dec 15
@PainsOnSlate I think we can transport Mulberry wood however I have to check and see about that.
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@cindiowens (3856)
• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
8 Dec 15
It will be ashes in no time.
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@fishtiger58 (30320)
• Momence, Illinois
8 Dec 15
@cindiowens yup it will hubby has been steady burning it.
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• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
8 Dec 15
@fishtiger58 I have never smelled mulberry burning, does it have a pleasant odor?
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@fishtiger58 (30320)
• Momence, Illinois
8 Dec 15
@cindiowens it's not to bad, but cedar is better
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@inertia4 (27713)
• United States
8 Dec 15
Sad for the tree but lucky for you with all that wood. Here the electric company could care less about cutting trees away from electric lines. We have ConEdison here. And they are way over priced also.
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@fishtiger58 (30320)
• Momence, Illinois
8 Dec 15
They all are. Wish I didn't need them but I do.
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@inertia4 (27713)
• United States
9 Dec 15
@fishtiger58 I know what you mean. I need then also. Unfortunately. I wish energy was free. That bill, my electric bill is the most expensive one I have every month.
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• United States
9 Dec 15
What does Mulberry wood smell like?
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@fishtiger58 (30320)
• Momence, Illinois
10 Dec 15
@FibroGodess I'm not sure I will have to check that out.
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@marijuana (576)
• Tel Aviv, Israel
9 Dec 15
oh that should have been bearing yummy berries! It's a pity, now you have to watch it burn slowly..
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@BellaDoc (774)
• San Diego, California
9 Dec 15
That's a lot of wood!
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@fishtiger58 (30320)
• Momence, Illinois
9 Dec 15
@BellaDoc yes it is and I'm so happy it's finally all split.
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@BellaDoc (774)
• San Diego, California
11 Dec 15
@fishtiger58 It took you so long to split - you must be sore!
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@fishtiger58 (30320)
• Momence, Illinois
11 Dec 15
@BellaDoc I was but better now thankfully
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@jstory07 (69028)
• Roseburg, Oregon
13 Dec 15
You will now have all kinds of firewood for your wood burning stove.
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@fishtiger58 (30320)
• Momence, Illinois
13 Dec 15
I think it will probably last for years.
@marlina (76573)
• Canada
9 Dec 15
Good that you kept the wood for your barn.
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@cacay1 (33198)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
9 Dec 15
Never seen a mulberry tree in real only in picture.At least it gives nice wood.They might also good for furniture.
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@fishtiger58 (30320)
• Momence, Illinois
9 Dec 15
of that I'm unsure,could be good for furniture
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@GardenGerty (101612)
• United States
9 Dec 15
Utility workers do not make good foresters. I am glad you could make use of the wood. Does it burn well?
@fishtiger58 (30320)
• Momence, Illinois
9 Dec 15
@GardenGerty once it dried it did it was so wet it's still a bit wet over a year later. It helped to get it split into smaller pieces.
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