I also noted that on this particular website it had garnered 11 positives, 6 neutrals, and 14 negatives. Unfortunately we were intimately familiar with every single negative. They included millions of falling helicopters in the Spring and broken, fallen branches with every stiff breeze and it didn't help that the ideal location for our pond so we could easily see if from the house was directly under Mr. Messy Maple.
In the past few years we have had large roof-threatening limbs removed and the tree didn't heal well after the second one. It was apparent that it was starting to rot and had to go. So two weeks ago we had Loggins A-1 Tree Service do the deed.
Here they are just getting started. That small branch laying near the bottom is the closest any branch or twig came to the pond or the house and it wasn't close at all.
As I mentioned, the limbs were very carefully lowered to the ground leaving no gouges or scars on the lawn.
Most limbs and branches went right into the chipper.
But of course the larger logs required special handling. (More on that later.)
Young Mr. Loggins did almost all the cutting.
Including big cutting jobs that looked REALLY hard and unpleasant.
And finally that huge stump was ready to go.
As it's interior became visible, it was clear that it was only a matter of time until that tree came down in a dangerous and unplanned way.
Now the rest of the logs were loaded.
And with some assistance from this hard-working team,
We were left with the following:
And the tree? Well, we'll miss the shade. But we won't miss the multitude of surface roots, the helicopter showers, the late falling leaves, or the many broken branches.
All in all it was a fond farewell.