Last, but not least Rule 4 – Be lekker!
Yes, trees can become cumbersome and cause a lot of grief, blocked drains, fill gutters and become the occasional social spot for dogs, but they serve a greater purpose then keeping you occupied with cleaning up after them.
They are part of a larger ecology at work around you; some trees are home to entire civilizations of insects, fungi, and other critters. One of our indigenous trees the Kiggelaria africana “Wild Peach” has a specific symbiotic relationship with the indigenous caterpillar of the Acraea horta butterfly. The caterpillars strip the tree of its leaves and then the tree shoots out a new set of foliage, like nothing ever happened, a free pruning service if you will.
Trees have been around since before our legislation, they provide us with ecological and physical benefits, are essential in creating leaf litter that becomes beautiful compost and various fruits for us and other animals to feast on.
Let’s take a leaf from their book and remember the following: don’t damage what isn’t yours; look into the tree, not over it; respect the elderly and just be lekker.
Article contributed by Mark Mac Hattie