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Old 11-15-2010, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Norfolk
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Or wherever it is that old trees go...

As ridiculous as it may sound to the less sensitive among us, I'm really really sad about my tree. As I posted in another thread, it was nearly 100 years old and it was a Willow Oak tree (which don't live as long as some oaks).

And honestly, I was greatly relieved when they got down to the trunk and found all the rot. It was a relief because I knew I was not killing a perfectly healthy tree.

The arborist told me that the tree was in bad shape and had fruiting bodies and mushrooms growing up in the limbs and even wood bores in the trunk. Still, I wondered if it could stand in that spot for another 10 years?

Now I'm glad it's down and I saw the rotted trunk because it was the right thing to do.

Here are some photos:

Tall tree. Short hubby.


The next photo is a before shot.



This is the AFTER shot.



Oak wood sent away:


Oak wood saved:


Tree innards:


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Old 11-15-2010, 01:37 PM
 
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I'm so sorry! But I know how you feel. We downed one of ours because it began leaning a bit. When I saw what was in that trunk, I was dumbfounded that it had managed to stay upright. But I still miss the "look" of having it in the back yard.
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Old 11-15-2010, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Little Rock AR USA
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So sad, but been there done that! If you left the stump, that will be a perfect place to add good topsoil into the cavity and next spring have a great "memorial" flower bed. Just a thought.
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Old 11-15-2010, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Hialeah
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Sorry to see your beautiful tree go. I have an oak in front of my house. I always wonder about its health. Just recently it started dropping huge amounts of tiny acorns. I know oaks drop acorns but this time around my tree is dropping them in copious amounts. I also saw just a small bit of that Spanish moss growing on it, in addition to moss (maybe, because it's green) that has been growing up its trunk for as long as I have owned the house. I don't know if these are normal, natural occurences or signs of sickness. I don't even know where to turn for help.
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Old 11-15-2010, 03:55 PM
 
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That first picture looks like ya'll woke up Rip Van Winkle....
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Old 11-15-2010, 04:09 PM
 
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Such a beautiful home hidden by that tree. I like the after photo much better, showing your beautiful home framed by the remaining trees. What exposure is that in the after photo of you home, looks southern by the shadows and light on the house. Could be on the cover of This Old House.

I'd say it was a major plus, all the way around, removing that tree.
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Old 11-15-2010, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Little Rock AR USA
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Sorry to see your beautiful tree go. I have an oak in front of my house. I always wonder about its health. Just recently it started dropping huge amounts of tiny acorns. I know oaks drop acorns but this time around my tree is dropping them in copious amounts. I also saw just a small bit of that Spanish moss growing on it, in addition to moss (maybe, because it's green) that has been growing up its trunk for as long as I have owned the house. I don't know if these are normal, natural occurences or signs of sickness. I don't even know where to turn for help.
That would be normal here. They cycle their heavy acorn crops,
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Old 11-15-2010, 09:24 PM
 
Location: Norfolk
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Such a beautiful home hidden by that tree. I like the after photo much better, showing your beautiful home framed by the remaining trees. What exposure is that in the after photo of you home, looks southern by the shadows and light on the house. Could be on the cover of This Old House.
Thanks Bulldogdad. Your comments really help. I'm an architectural historian and I write about old houses and I love old things. It has been wrenching to think about this old tree going down. After all, this tree was probably alive during "The Great War" (WW1).

Yet in the last few hours, I've had several neighbors tell me that they can finally see my beautiful old house. The positive comments are really helpful.

As to Rip Van Winkle, thanks for the laugh. That's my husband - who had indeed just awakened from a long winter's sleep (nap).

Here's a photo of my house, which is a grand old place. It was built in 1925, and I've spent the last four years restoring it to its former glory. It had been vacant for three years when we bought it, and it was a MESS.

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Old 11-15-2010, 09:33 PM
 
Location: earth?
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What made you suspect the tree was unhealthy? It doesn't look like you could have been able to tell by looking at it . . . the leaves, etc.
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Old 11-15-2010, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Norfolk
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It had one massive limb way up in the tree that had lost all its leaves and bark, and there were many mushrooms growing on that limb. There were larger mushrooms growing near the fork of the massive tree. And there were wood bores in the trunk. I called out an arborist and he said the tree was hollow inside and was probably at risk of toppling over in a storm.

However, none of us knew how bad it really was.
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