How do I improve the view?


For years I have sat at my desk and looked at two half-dead, all-grown-together trees in the front yard by my mailbox. Yesterday I had them cut down to ground level for safety reasons (I have lots more trees) and it looks so bare! I get more light, of course, but I'm feeling so exposed. I'm sure I'll get used to it, but in the meantime any tips on how to speed up the stump rotting and also I want to plant a replacement tree in the fall -- looking at vitex, desert willow or crepe myrtle. I live in Central Texas and it is hot and humid in the summer and usually mild in the winter. I water the yard weekly with 1" of water in the summer. Or should I just get used to it, put up a nicer mailbox and save myself the work and expense?

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