When we moved into this house there was a great big tree in front. It was a beautiful tree but not very healthy. There were quite a few dead branches and the leaves were constantly falling off. All summer I was raking up the leaves that fell. Not what you want to be doing in July and August!
As you can see in these pictures there is a big red X on the tree. Fortunately for us we learned from our new neighbours that the tree is on city property. I called the city and they sent out a forestry guy (not sure what his official title was) to assess the tree. His assessment was that it was definitely infected with the emerald ash borer and had to come down. He said the city was so backed up with this tree removal that it would take them at least a year to get to my tree. A mere 3 months later they showed up with their big trucks to remove the tree! I was so happy! I thought we would have to go through another summer with a dying tree in our front yard.
It didn’t take them that long to take that huge tree down. Most of it went into the wood chipper and the big logs were taken away in a dump truck. We were definitely sad to see it go. If you look closely in the picture above you can see a pylon on my driveway lantern. I guess it was there to make sure it didn’t get damaged. In the picture below you can see that the driveway lantern I fixed up got broken and knocked off by a branch. (To read more about my lantern makeover click here.)
So this is what the house looks like now. I was sad to see the tree go but it really opened up the house. We can actually see how nice the house looks now!
I think I will just put a big pot of flowers on the stump for now. They said they would come back with a stump grinder to grind down the stump and that it might take a while for them to come…..or not. We will see! The city did come back and replace both of the lanterns though. So now the house looks great. Just have to wait for a little warmer weather to put out some pots of flowers.
Brand new lanterns!
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