My Mulberry Tree
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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• 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?
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.
• 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.
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..