My front yard, no longer home to the largest organism on earth

I said goodbye on a foggy morning last week to a quaking aspen, Populus tremuloides, I planted in my front yard more than 15 years ago.  In that time it has not taken over the world.  But I watched root suckers emerge in my yard and in my neighbor’s front yard and was reminded of Pando (Latin for “I spread”), also known as The Trembling Giant — the quaking aspen clone made up of 40,000 individual trees spanning over 100 acres in Fish Lake, Utah.


Serendipitous that my husband and I were talking about collecting estimates for the work when my neighbor across the street offered me tree care services.  We quickly signed the contract — we wanted the work done before the leaf buds started to pop open.

Bye bye, tree — last hug.


And there it goes.


JR, ISA certified aborist of Limb By Limb Tree Service did an excellent job.  He worked carefully and piled all the trimmed branches so neatly, making disposal so much easier for us than we would have done for ourselves.  And the best thing?  He did the whole job with hand and pole saws — no loud chain saw motor.  I don’t know about you, but that sound provokes such a visceral response in me.



Is this blogger really a tree lover? The major activity in the yard of late has to do with removing the largest woody plants.  As consolation, I tell myself that we are still at a net gain since we bought the house with only two overgrown neglected fruit trees, and a lilac thicket in a back corner.  Everything that’s getting removed is being replaced with more appropriate garden-size trees and shrubs that won’t encroach on my neighbors or disturb overhead service lines.  I’ll be contemplating the possibilities as I bust up this pile of branches for the weekly yard debris collection over the next month or so.


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4 Responses to My front yard, no longer home to the largest organism on earth

  1. Julie Fukuda says:

    Are there going to be shoots coming up from the roots? Yes, that grove in Utah is scary!.

    • I can deal with any root suckers that might continue. After all, this isn’t Ailanthus, tree of heaven! I’d like to visit that Utah quaking aspen colony some day — spreading is no problem in a National Forest, of course. Further reading up has alerted me that Pando is actually threatened due to unchecked browsing of new growth by deer, elk, and livestock.

  2. Just curious why he didn’t haul it all away? That’s part of the service I’m counting on when the Privet comes out.

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