house post alert: sad news

We had to put an end to a wonderful life this fall. Remember how I said everything was a-ok with the trees? Well, I spoke too soon. Our tree consultant stopped by the house and checked it out again. He saw some bad fungus growing on the roots and showed it to Nick.

a big hole - trying to see it as a view of the sky.
a big hole – trying to see it as a view of the sky.

Basically, the tree was fine to still leave up, but we had to keep an eye on it. It could need to come down in five years, or next year. As a planner, I’m not so cool with that uncertainty, especially since it’s right above our house.

so very very different view of the back of the house now.
so very very different view of the back of the house now.
 So, we decided to take it down. It was so sad. The yard has a different feel to it. However, we know it’s for the best. In addition to problems with the roots on the outside of the house, some roots were growing in the basement. We’re doing some work down there and I had major concerns about what that would do to those big roots.
that's not a small stump...
that’s not a small stump…
 The thing that really made me irritated was the response we got from people, including our house contractor. People were questioning us, “do you really need to take it down? It’s really such a great tree.” Thanks. We know. Do you really think we would willingly spend several thousand dollars to remove a wonderful tree unless we needed to? Cmon people. Common sense.
 One benefit we did receive, besides an intact house and more sunlight, is slices of the tree trunk. I’ve already got some ideas of what to do with them.
a remembrance.
a remembrance.
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