We both love Bradford Pear Trees. We decided to plant two in the front yard. Well, this summer the one tree started to look pretty bad. The leaves were changing colors and dropping. John was very upset about this. He took the mulch away from the trunk and dug a little....he found a bed of ants that were eating the roots. For a week we tried flushing them away with the hose for 30 minutes at a time. I feed it some miracle grow...we even prayed about it. It seemed to work. The tree started looking better but still not green and beautiful like the other. Well, we have been sad again....it isn't doing all that great. It is the saddest looking tree.....doesn't match any tree in the neighborhood. I always look forward to watching the trees change color and seeing the leaves fall to the ground. But, not like this!It's not time for it to be this bare. Look at her leaves on the lawn. Makes me so so sad. See how pretty & full & green her brother is in the back?! Oh I hope she comes back next spring prettier & fuller then ever.
Give me a land of boughs in leaf, a land of trees that stand; where trees are fallen there is grief; I love no leafless land.
-- A.E. Housman