Surprise Arrival and Removal

We have 2 oak trees in our front yard which are dead.

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

They’re not only dead but they’re hanging over the roof of the house.

The tree on the left is dead.
The tree on the left is dead.

Charlie called our local electric company who indeed agreed to take down these dead trees for fear they would fall in a storm and knock down power lines.

The tree crew showed up with a bucket truck and a giant chipper.
The tree crew showed up with a bucket truck and a giant chipper.

On the first day of July, without warning, the tree removal crew with two bucket trucks and chipper arrived at The Glade to take down the trees that had died along the street .

Charlie's has been keeping me posted on the progress of the tree removal via texts and emails.
Charlie’s has been keeping me posted on the progress of the tree removal via texts and emails.

This is a very tricky take-down due to the trees’ proximity to our house and electric/telephone lines.

The branches of the second dead tree were just visible above the roof.
The branches of the second dead tree were just visible above the roof.
Now only live trees remain.
Now only live trees remain.

The process took about 6 hours.

From the master deck the easternmost tree is visible.
From the master deck the easternmost tree is visible.
The tree for the top photo is also gone.
The tree from the photo above is also gone.

I’m glad this happened before we put in new foundation plantings which will undoubtedly get more sun than if the two large trees had remained.

Do you have a yard or garden issue that has perplexed you?

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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.

6 thoughts on “Surprise Arrival and Removal”

  1. That was a good surprise! What a relief to have those gone. I have a small woods at the back of my property, on a slope, where the pines are dying from pine beetles. The trees are falling, so my time in the woods is even more limited. Ticks and poison ivy are the normal deterrents.

  2. It is a good thing that you got those trees down and especially nice that you got the power company to pay for it for you! My mom had a big tree come down in a storm last night. Thankfully, it landed on the driveway and not on the house.

    1. We’ve had 4 large trees actually fall. They’ve been close to the house and broken a couple of windows but did limited damage except for the one that destroyed the shed. It’s always scary. Jo

  3. We stupidly planted a couple of maple saplings in our parking strip, not realizing how fast they would grow. Now they’ve reached the power and tel lines. Eric was going to remove them himself, but I vetoed that idea. This is a job for pros (and a future blog post) … I’m imagining them landing on a car or taking the lines down with them! Always hire someone you can sue! 🙂

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