Ideas for using a dead tree? Or should I cut it down?
Our catalpa tree died over the winter (it's fully dead except for a few shoots coming up around the base). I wasn't too upset about it because it made an awful mess but I do need some kind of shade in the backyard. I thought about cutting it down but wondered if it would look cool with a vine growing all over it. I have 2 young crossvines that I've been nursing back to health, as they were scrawny/weak when I bought them. They're both blooming again and I'm assuming they would love climbing that tree since the middle of the yard gets a lot of unfiltered sun. Plus, I've read they're heavy and need a sturdy base to support their weight.
Here are some pics-- our backyard faces south. The neighbor's taller trees on the left side shade the fenceline from morning sun, so the yard gets sun starting at about 11am until about 6pm or 7pm. The crossvines are set against the back of the garage for now but I can't keep them there. And those flimsy supports will get overwhelmed very soon.
What do you guys think? Should I plant them at the base of the catalpa? Let them cover the whole thing or maybe level off the top half of the branches? I'm open to any and all suggestions.