So, instead...Friends, guess what I am in for? Can't guess? I'll tell you. I live in a very very heavily treed area. I have one last huge tall tall tall oak tree in the front yard that is poised on the edge of a bank. There is not one level place except at stores and parking lots, in all of my town. ALL the streets are at least gentle hills but I live in the hilliest part of town and my lot, as are all the others on the street is hilly, lumpy and goes straight down at quite an angle to the city/county line.
So, the oak tree is perched right on the edge of the bank in my front yard. It is just a matter of time before it falls as we have many tornadoes of varying intensity. The area is dubbed "Dixie Alley" by the weather gurus. We have lots of straight line winds, ample rain to loosen a root system in the event of wind as well, the tree is a horrible accident waiting to happen. I kept getting estimates on it but finally caved and took one. It will be $2000.00 to get it down. It is towering over the city power lines and over my house. If it fell forward it would cut me and the house in two. Seriously.
So the cutter will be here either next week or the week following. He wanted an additional $500.00 to grind the stump. I said leave it. The ants can have a picnic on it The special order kitchen door and storm door plus labor to install it cost that much as well. I am about to enter the sweepstakes or the lottery. Man. But I must maintain and as always my anthem is I will do it all because no one else will jump up and do it. :-)
It is stately tree and loved by all of us but I can't justify continuing to take a chance and too, I am filled with worry whenever there is a storm (and we SURE have lots of those!(
Just wanted sympathy. :-)
Here's a bunch of pictures that I just took.
|My front yard and the tree on the bank|
|Too tall to capture in one photo so breaking it up. This one is showing close to the canopy.|
|Next section going up|
|Ooops, here is the first section. Out of sequence.|
|The canopy into the 3:33PM sun and over the power and utility lines.|