21 Feb '12, 8am

7 Ways to Give New Life to Dead Trees in Your Backyard

7 Ways to Give New Life to Dead Trees in Your Backyard

© Ramon Gonzalez . Magnolia tree in downtown Chicago . Growing up, the property neighboring me had a young pear tree that served many functions to the neighborhood kids. In the heat of summer it provided us with shade, it acted as our third base during softball games, and it gave us neighborhood fruit that we'd proudly in our shirts home to our mothers. On summer evenings the lowest branch, which broke during an attempt to create a swing, held the extension cord and single light bulb that illuminated rowdy night games of Loteria (a card game similar to Bingo) that could make a kid rich. That particular pear tree was the center of life for many of the kids I grew up with. When the new owners of the property paved over the yard to create a parking lot I was happy to see that the tree had been spared. Then one day, a new set of owners cut the tree down entirely to keep the tr...

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