Tall Oaks and the County Crew: Part 1

We live in a neighborhood of mature trees of all types but the tallest and mightiest of those are the oaks.  Consequently when one comes a-tumblin’ down it often leaves devastation in its wake.

An oak is a large tree especially on the ground.

In the past 15 years we’ve lost four 150-year-old oak trees at The Glade.

Fallen oak flattens the fence and tears down power lines.

All have caused damage of some kind or another.  One of the worst things that has happened is knocking out electric and phone services to our neighbors and us.

We’ve had our eye on this oak tree for a couple of years now.

Bearing that in mind we keep a close watch on trees near building structures and near utility lines.

This tree is just a few feet away from the power and phone lines.

Just at the edge of our property we noticed last year that this tree seemed to be hollow inside. (There’s a hole low in the trunk into which we can poke a long stick.)

Clearly the tree in the middle of the photo is almost in the road.

And this year, while it has some leaves, it’s bare of  foliage on a lot of branches. This poor oak tree seems destined for disaster so Charlie called the county (since it sits right up near the road in the 10-foot public easement area) and they agreed to come and take a look.

It’s a scary tree.

 They’ve informed us that they’ll schedule removal and return to do the work soon. Hopefully, that will happen before some act of nature brings it down.

 Have you fallen hard for anyone or anything?


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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