My City Trees Aren’t Dead!

I’m a big fan of growing things. The act and the things themselves. Last year I applied for free trees from the city of Denver. They have a program where they’ll come and plant a tree in a public right of way in front of your house. For whatever reason, the tree lawn in front of our new house had no trees. Part of the reason for the program is that Denver has a LOT of ash trees and it’s likely the emerald ash borer will eventually destroy them.

I applied, I was approved, for TWO trees!

I was assigned two bur oak trees. They planted them in September, like ninjas! I was home, never heard them arrive. At any rate, I had the trees.

The compact you agree to is that while they’re in the right of way, they’re your responsibility until they’re mature. That means watering, a lot of watering.

I was very diligent with the watering, until.

until, we started a remodel on our house and moved out. Until we went to Egypt for two weeks. Until during the remodel, the water was shut off in the house.

I worried I wasn’t watering them enough. I did what I could, I added mulch to help keep the roots warm, i watered when I could.

My Bur Oak tree welcoming spring!

And now it’s spring. We’re home, the house is done, and I’m watering like a crazy person.

And, they’re alive!

They began blooming a day or two ago and are now showing a LOT of green. I’m so excited!


By John Wilker

I'm a science fiction writer and conference organizer. In 2017 I published my first book, 'Space Rogues', a fun Sci-Fi adventure with a fun cast of characters. I'm also the co-founder of 360|Conferences, a conference and event logistics consulting company.

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