My dad was very impressed with the strong case you all made for removing the Tragic Ash in his backyard. We both thank you for that.
He found someone to take it to the stump for $350. I told him that was a reasonable price considering what little I know about that sort of thing.
So he did it, and sent me some pictures.
There's all kinds of things he can do with that stump. My father is very creative and handy. I'm sure he'll put it to good use. I'm not sure if it's going to sprout or not, but I guess we'll find out.
(Just to be clear, that's not his house he's standing next to. It's an art studio he had built in the 1980s, currently functioning as an in-law unit.)
So the question now is, what next?
(Pay no attention to the plum tree in the picture above. That's another tragedy, but a minor one. Not worth considering here.)
This clump of bamboo is at least 35 years old. It has survived great depredation.
My dad thinks a row of clumping bamboo might be good idea for this space. What do you think about that? I think it's reasonable. Maybe ten clumps would do the job, and fairly quickly. A year or two, max. And he'd never have to worry about the power lines.
I know some of you are not fans of the 'boo, and it's not exactly a creative solution. Perhaps you'd like to suggest something else in the comments.
(Note: The trunk in the last picture belongs to Siberian Elm (Ulmus pumila). Some interesting reading on it here.