The curse of maple seedlings!

Maple seedlings.

Maple seeds can be the bane of our existence.

I wonder if I am one of the few people who spends time pulling out these ‘helicopter’ seeds where I find them. I would like to say that I am able to remove them before they end up germinating. To be frank, having a maple tree up front, although it is not my main problem, and maple trees belonging to my northern neighbors (the good ones), I have my share of maple trees in infancy.

I noticed, while I was in Europe, that my fingernails were, for the first time, lacking dirt under them. I literally went the whole time in Germany with nary a concern for the appearance of my fingernails. I came home and although I have not spent an inordinately large amount of time in garden mode, my nails are filthy.

For those of you who don’t garden, what happens is that I use the nail brush cleaner and whatever other grooming utensil I can find and clean them. A few hours later, dirt that apparently was not removed is clearly visible again. In order to go for a few moments without gardening nails, one needs to avoid it pretty much entirely because the residue keeps coming out.

So my maple tactic is that when I am wandering around the yard and I happen to be in ‘maple territory,’ I stoop down and remove the plants, hoping to stave off have two foot high or larger trees growing in all sorts of unpleasant locations. No matter what you do, in an area like mine with a literal maple forest inhabiting a yard north of us, I have maple trees.

Perhaps I should just give in and just grow and sell the trees. The only problem with that is that they are not the best variety of maple!

About Richard Koerner

Sixty something, father, papi, educator, organizer, Francophile, traveler, amateur photographer, gardener, cyclist, kayaker, calligrapher, cinephile, reader, and overall renaissance type human being.
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