On January 12th we had a terrible ice storm here in Missouri. In our whole area, most trees were badly damaged from the ice. Itâ€™s very sad to take a drive and see all the broken limbs. Now and then you see a whole tree that came down.
In our yard we have three large shade trees and a very large pine tree that are severely damaged and have to be chopped down at a considerable expense. There are very large limbs all over the yard and our home suffered some damage as well.
We built our home in the early â€™70â€™s. I planted all the trees. It breaks my heart to look outside and see this mess and know that we will soon be without so many trees. We will only have one large shade tree left. It will have to be pruned a lot because of all the jagged breaks.
The large pine tree was planted 33 years ago when my oldest son brought home a sappling from school on Arbor Day. I have spent a lot of time thinking about that occassion and all the times Iâ€™ve picked up pine cones and used them for crafts. I also used the pine needles to mulch a flower bed.
I have seen a number of bad ice storms in the many years that I have lived here but have never seen so much damage to trees. Our house can be repaired but nothing will ever replace these treasured old trees.