Friday, September 27, 2013

Poor Tree


Oh nooooo!  
We have a big branch down!


After talking to the tree company, 
we made the very sad decision
that our Bradford Pear tree needs to be removed.   
It's too close to the house.
The wood is too soft to hold itself up when it gets this big.  (It's huge!) 
Branches are easily damaged, rot on the inside and then fall. 

I'm so glad I was not weeding over there when it fell.
(Today I am very grateful for the wasps that kept me out of there.)


Poor tree. 

Thank you for providing us with shade.
Thank you for the beautiful display of snowy white blooms every spring.
Thank you for providing a safe home for the birds.
It's time to say goodbye.






42 comments:

  1. I love the trees in my year. I am not just saying that. I LOVE them. This year we had to make a decision to remove one of our trees (that I named, Brianna) and the tree guy said it had to come down and he would "rip it out" for $250.00. I just couldn't do it. I couldn't. After my mom died I sat on my couch for about 6 months and started out at Brianna. She was always there for me and offered me comfort. I called another tree guy who didn't think I was nuts and he said he could try to save her. He did a beautiful job and Brianna is doing better than ever.

    So, I understand your sadness. Trees bring us a lot of joy.

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    1. Birdie, I LOVE trees, too. I'm a "hug a tree" girl. I'm so glad your tree could be saved. Ours has too many weak joints and we have to take it down. Can't take the chance that someone in our neighborhood could get hurt. We will plant a smaller, stronger tree there, soon.

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  2. It's always sad to see a tree come down. Bradford Pears are very fast growing, but very weak. I live in a townhouse development, and our two and about three others are the only ones left after dozens were planted when the development was built. I worry with every large storm.

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    1. This bradford pear has weathered a lot of winter storms, with just minor limb losses. But when branch this big comes down when there isn't even so much as a breath of wind, we know we are in trouble.

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  3. So sorry to read about your tree. It is so beautiful. I am sure you will miss it when it is gone. I guess it is better to be safe. Happy to hear you will replace it with a new tree.

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    1. When the branch fell off, it exposed the rot inside the joint. The tree company was able to show us other joints where there are cracks, and the same thing is getting ready to happen. It just isn't safe anymore.

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  4. Good-bye Bradford Pear tree...I understand your sadness. Over the years our once tree-laden yard has dwindled to only two huge Pin Oak trees (not the prettiest trees, but tall & strong). This Spring we had to save goodbye to our last evergreen due to disease and a weak, split-trunk Sugar Maple. I told my husband if our last two trees are ever removed, we are moving to the country!

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    1. It must have been really hard to lose the sugar maple. Glad you still have two big strong trees though.. since you live in tree city!! :-)
      PS- I want to move to the country too!! Take me with you!!

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  5. It always hurts to have to take down a beautiful big tree, even if it's rotten!

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    1. We will have to plant a new tree, soon.

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  6. It's a beautiful tree and I'm sure you've loved it many many years. I completely understand your sadness. We've lost some amazing trees in our woods and I always hate to see more coverage gone. I'm glad you weren't injured though when that large branch gave way. HUGS!

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    1. You are so lucky to have the woods behind your house! I am definitely a tree girl, so I will want to plant a small,ornamental tree on that side of the yard soon.

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    1. I love my trees, JoAnn. Will really miss it, even though it did stink pretty bad in the spring.

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  8. Sad to remove those trees that we love . . . we are facing something similar with a Norway Spruce.

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  9. Its a beautiful tree - what a pity it has to go. Everything has its season though & you have lovely photos as a memory. Now you can start planning what to plant there!

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    1. You are right... to everything there is a season...

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  10. Very sad. I always cry like a baby if we lose a tree.

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    1. I know. Me too. It really hurts me to take it down.

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  11. Makes me sad that you have to have the tree removed because I know how much you enjoy the trees and all. But I'm extremely glad for the fact that you were "protected" by the bees from being in that area weeding when the branch fell. (((hugs)))

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  12. What a beautiful tree and so sad it has to come down. Glad you enjoyed the prettiness and great shade for a long time! Happy weekend! xo Heather

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    1. We have loved this tree, but it's time has come.

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  13. Trees have a life span as well. It is always sad to say goodbye to a living thing, whether it is a person, pet or plant. I like your little poem paying homage. I am glad no one was injured.

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  14. What a shame it was such a beautiful tree! Heidi

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    1. We hope to plant a new, smaller tree on that side of the yard, soon.

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  15. The saddest thing to me is life's end for a tree! I used to cry every year when we had to take down our Christmas tree and put it on the curb. Now I put up an artificial tree just to avoid this heartache! Such a lovely tribute to your Bradford pear. <3

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    1. It hurts me to take it down. But we will replant a smaller tree, soon.

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  16. It is sad to see a beautiful tree go but it is awfully close to the house. Lucky the branch didn't fall on the house.

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    1. Luckily, no homes or people or pets were hurt in the limb fall. I had a few branches broken off the roses and russian sage, but that is it.

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  17. Sad to lose an old friend like your pear tree, but it is better to do that what with it being so close to your home.

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    1. Sometimes we are called upon to make hard decisions. :-(

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  18. I realise that for safety reasons, not least the safety of your house, that the tree must come down, but could you not leave a stump and carve a chair out of it. Our local stately home have done that with several old trees and they look stunning as well as being the perfect place to admire the rest of your lovely garden.

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    1. We have a couple of neighbors who have left the stumps and carved totem-pole-like statues from them. One of them puts a football helmet on their stump every fall. We hope to plant another tree on that side of the yard, soon.

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  19. I would be sad too, they are such lovely trees. I love WinnibriggsHouse's suggestion!

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  20. I love that you thanked the tree. And that it didn't fall on the house.

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    1. The tree has given a lot to me over the years. It was the least I could do.

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  21. Sad sad sad sad SAD! Glad no one was hurt and glad there was no damage. We had to take down a big cherry tree. The wood kept us warm on winter.
    I posted about allspice! Thanks for the idea.
    Linda

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    1. I'm heading over to see your allspice post!

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