Last year the arborist came and looked at our 100-year-old pecan tree in the backyard. It had been dropping limbs for some time.

As a fruit tree, a pecan is sometimes brittle and large heavy limbs tend to take a beating in Texas winds.

Our pecan tree when it was getting pruned back and stabilized. It had to be cabled together to bear the weight of the limbs. (Photo credit, me, June 13, 2018)

The arborist determined that the tree needed a good pruning and some stabilizing. He sent out a crew. They proceeded to drastically trim back the tree. A cable now holds a couple of limbs together for stability.

Before the arborist left, I asked him if the tree would ever bear fruit again and produce a crop of pecans.

He told me something I won’t forget. He said we needed to aerate the roots, fertilize it, and make sure it got plenty of water during the hot summer.

Again, in my spiritual life, I sometimes have to aerate my roots, find fertilizer, and drink plenty of living water.

For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thorns, nor are grapes picked from brambles. 4The good person out of the good treasury of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasury produces evil, for his mouth speaks from what fills his heart.

Luke 6:43-45

For my tree to bear good paper-shell pecans, it needs some attention. As spring comes on, I’ll be working on that. ❤