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Bradford Pears

July 22, 2008

We will have three (3!) mature brandford pears in the backyard of our new home beginning July 31. The inspector explained yesterday that one whose limbs dipped and touched our fence would have to be removed or at least trimmed. I’m glad, considering BP’s have short life spans (maximum 20 years) and they stink like fish in the spring. They are quite beautiful in the fall though. But in the winter, their limbs can be quite brittle with ice or snow, leaving huge chunks bare when limbs fall.

Regardless, I’d rather a crape myrtle.

I’ll post lots of pictures after we finish the closing at the end of the month, but until now, I’m thinking a lot about landscaping, trees and how to handle this mature growth. And, how much of a pain it’ll be to have Bradford Pears.

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  1. Kate Schmate

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