Once a year Missouri, I think through the Department of Conservation or maybe Forestry, sells trees. I think a lot of states do it but you can get little sapling/seedling trees. They often come in bundles with a lot of trees! The guy we bought the house from told us that his mom had bought a bunch of river birch trees for about 99 cents each and a lot of those (over a dozen!) were planted here.
They’re 17 years old now and they drop lots of little sticks. We pick them up, throw them in the burn pit; then two or three days later, they need picking up again. They are pretty trees and they are disease resistant and drought and wet tolerant so I’m not complaining about them. I did find this on the internet:
I’ve been picking up the branches/twigs but since Vince has been here, I haven’t even thought about it. He went out today and picked up what was in the yard and he came in and sent this note to the guy we bought the house from.
“Confucius say: Man who buy 99 cent tree spend lifetime picking up twigs!”
I cracked up. That is so unlike Vince. I asked him how he thought of that and he said “I don’t know. I didn’t read it anywhere!” I said “I never thought you did!” Who else would come up with something like that? 🙂