What shall I do with these trees?!
I need some opinions! These are two old apple trees in our back garden. I am facing south when taking this photo so I guess the ground under the trees face north. Behind them is our garage which is currently covered in climbers and weeds etc. Under the trees is concrete with some gaps for plants. On Thursday we have someone coming to help clear all the rocks and plants off the garage so we can work on it (new roof, windows, wooden cladding etc.) My husband wants to get rid of the trees. It makes the path underneath very slippery (in fact I broke my arm badly last year slipping on a manky apple!). But the birds absolutely love the trees and we love the birds We’ve got lots of trees around us but these are the closest. I’ve suggested cutting the trees right back so the birds still can use them for food/cover but I don’t mind if we never get any apples. Then pulling the concrete up to make a shady bed-bulbs, ferns etc. OR we could cut down one tree and put a bench there so we have somewhere shady to sit in summer.
It’s going to sound really stupid but I have so little time to do any gardening and love what I do manage to do so I hate having to spend ages picking up rotten apples and fallen leaves for weeks and weeks! Wish we could have the trees for the birds without the mess ????
What’s people’s thoughts please?