We’ve been talking about it for quite some. After the area’s damaging wind storm last week, we decided to get a quote and have some of the trees closest to the house removed. These are all trees that are outside my ability to take down, even if I were in shape enough to do the work. The estimate was very reasonable and the tree service company has good recommendations.
The branches of the biggest tree, the one with the orange-red leaves in the above picture, spread far out over the roof of our porch. Because of the perpetual shade on that part of the roof, we’ve had problems with moss and lichen growth on the roof.
It’s a wonderful old shade tree that was quite young and slender when we moved here in 1981. At that time it was one of just a few hardwoods in a yard that was full of tall skinny pines. Unfortunately, it is now a hazard to the house that needs to be addressed.
There are four other “smaller” trees that will be removed. Three are tall pines, two of which have a slight lean toward the house, looming over the camper when it is parked next to the house.
The last tree is an ash that has been leaning toward the driveway and power lines for it’s entire life. It’s already lost all of its leaves. (I photo-edited the image to make the tree stand out from its background.) It was more of a threat to the house’s power and phone (DSL) lines that to the house. The tree service owner pointed out at the back side of the tree that it looked like its weight was causing it to lean even more. The tree service is going to cut this one up in 14” lengths for us as ash is a nice, slow burning firewood.
We’re not sure when the tree service is going to be able to get to us. They have a lot of business right now with trees down from last week’s storm. We’re hoping that they’ll be able to fit us in between some of the larger jobs.