This tree has been a blessing and a curse! Like most everything in life, there’s good and bad. Some days the bad outweighs the good but most days, the good wins out. This tree is hollow and is split and every year we’ve been here, I’ve thought we should cut it down but it still produces lots of shade and lots of mulberries. The shade was nice for the chickens and they loved the mulberries. I made mulberry/blackberry jelly and it was nice to be able to make it from fruit grown in or around our yard.
There’s a line of about 10 of these trees across what was the back of our property line before we bought the back lot. This is the biggest though it’s in the worst condition.
This photo was taking a week or so ago and the berries were just starting to get ripe. Now they’re really ripe and they’ve fallen all over the ground so any time we walk back there, we’re tromping on berries and have to be careful about not coming in the house with berry juice on our shoes.
The raccoons, ground hogs, rabbits and deer have moved in by the dozens to munch on the juicy berries. Since I don’t have a garden and am not worried about critters bothering the chickens, we haven’t even set out the trap. The critters can eat as much as they want this year . . without interference from us!