The Big Dead Tree

In case no one has figured this out Charlie is the talker, the wheeler dealer, the make it happen guy. He loves talking on the telephone.

The large tree at the center of the picture is dead.
The large tree at the center of the picture is dead. (Photo from 2013.)

Two years ago we had a big dead tree that needed to be taken down.  It still needs to come down but now I’m ready to proceed so Charlie is once again calling for estimates.  Two years ago I was looking for a price under $1,000.  It seems we’ll be lucky to come in under $2,000.

The large tree in the left of the photo is the dead oak tree.
The large tree in the left of the photo is the dead oak tree.

The tree is way too big for us to even consider doing ourselves. If it would fall wrong or one of us get injured that would be devastating.  The one thing I insist upon is that the tree removal team be insured.

The oak tree that needs to be removed is behind the garden in the center of the photo. Much of the weedy greenery around it will have to come down.
The oak tree that needs to be removed is behind the garden in the center of the photo. Much of the weedy greenery around it will have to come down.

Since we have more or less been ignoring the area under the tree Charlie has a bit of work to do before the tree fellers get to work.

This large dead oak tree came down in 2013.
This large dead oak tree came down in 2013.

We lost an oak tree in the front yard in the front yard in 2012 which was taken down in a joint effort by the local electric company and the county.  Now we have 2 more oak trees which seem to have the same fate.

Arrows mark the 2 dead trees in front of the house.
Arrows mark the 2 dead trees in front of the house.

Apparently in Maryland there is a serious disease killing the oak trees: Oak Wilt. Unfortunately the dead trees are dangerously close to our house and hang over power lines so they will have to come down in the near future.

Do you have a potentially dangerous situation?

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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.

11 thoughts on “The Big Dead Tree”

  1. We have a huge pine tree practically sitting on our house. We need it removed because storms are terrifying. I just need to call for estimates and get it done.

    1. Everytime the wind picks up we’re sure something is going to come a-tumblin’ down. Pine trees are especially worrisome because I have seen them just snap in the middle. BTW, a link to your new blog does not appear with your name when you like or comment. Jo

      1. Yep, I’m waiting for something bad to happen and yes, the link, I haven’t figured out why I can’t link it up yet 🙂 Hopefully I’ll get it soon

  2. It’s sad that those oaks are dying, and it’s also sad to see big trees come down. I remember when Dutch Elm disease wiped out the Midwest elms when I was a kid. We had to have an 80-ft Douglas fir removed a few years ago after an ice storm. Two weeks ago our golf course lost a 150-y-o maple that the original settler had planted. Tree experts were trying to stabilize it and it fell over. Very sad about that!

  3. Yes! I have a few dead trees. One of them is next to my driveway and every time it’s windy out, I’m afraid it’s going to fall on my cars or the house. Someone told me that it cost that much to take them down but I was hoping they were wrong! I haven’t gotten as far as calling around yet but now you have me worried.

  4. very sad to hear about all your oaks. i don’t know why taking trees down costs so much. maybe the price is less if they just chop it down but you guys cut it up into smaller pieces with a chain saw? i don’t know. i’ve never had to take a tree down (except for the small lilac i recently cut back, but that doesn’t count).

    1. I think taking these big trees down is dangerous so it requires big equipment and vast experience to keep buildings and people safe. That costs money. On the good side the 2 trees near the street are being taken down for free by our local electricity supply company. The retail quote was $1500. Jo

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