Our yard has 6 very large maple trees in it, all varieties. Each spring I do battle with the seedlings that emerge from the ground. I have a large perennial garden in that yard that is an oasis for these little saplings. It doesn’t matter how much I rake the seeds out these are always popping up in the spring. Right now they are the bane of my existence.
I have a bit of an OCD with counting and a few years ago I turned pulling these up into a counting thing. Every morning when I take the dogs out I go into that garden and pull up no fewer than 25 of theses little trees. They are only about 4″ tall and are surprisingly difficult to pull out of the ground. Honestly it’ll probably take a couple of weeks to get them all out of the garden at that rate. The consequences of not pulling them up now manifest themselves fully by fall when I have to go out with my shears and cut them to the ground because they’ve grown up in the center of my phlox unnoticed.
Counting my way through this garden every morning also gives me the opportunity to visit the plants that are coming up now (and the weeds). I visit and revisit certain spots to see who made it through the winter or where they’ve moved from last season. It’s a getting to know you thing every spring. I guess if it wasn’t for pulling those saplings I could potentially visit an unfamiliar garden come June.