Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Old Maple




Strong wind and rain visited us Sunday night.  The old, large maple next door (which I consider very dangerous because it is not trimmed on a regular basis) always loses branches and falls on power lines that run across all the backyards in our neighborhood.  Whenever there is a power shortage, you can bet that "old maple" felled some lines along our corridor. Yup, sparks flew and the fire department was called.  Power was out for 14 hours. Our yard was filled with scattered leaves and varied size branches, but the neighbor on the other side found this scene in their backyard. The photos show only one branch of the HUGE OLD MAPLE. The estimate for removing the tree was estimated to be between 3 and 4 thousand dollars.  Glad it's not in my yard, but it's too close for comfort!!

16 comments:

  1. ca coute cher pour retirer cet arbre, mais il faudrait compter combien coute les degats qu'il fait apres chaque tempete

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  2. What a mess!

    The cost of the tree removal seems very expensive! I'd be tempted to purchase a chain saw. :)

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  3. Scary. We have a big old oak tree that is way too close to my bedroom. A big limb split off of it last year and landed on my truck. My mom refuses to have it trimmed or removed. Oh, well, I won't dwell on that. Glad you and your home are safe.

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  4. i echo eg cameragirl, what a mess.

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  5. Oh that is not fun at all Kate, sounds like that tree needs to be kept under much better control or maybe even removed. We've has so many trees blown down around Perth over the last few days with the storms we're having, bit scary indeed!.

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  6. Our utility company in NZ contacts people (i.e. us) to tell them that their trees are getting too close to the power lines and it might be an idea to get them cut back.
    If you don't get the hint, they do it themselves and bill you.

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  7. Sounds like you will have some clean up work to do. Glad there was no heavy damage.

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  8. Oh my! what a mess. I had no idea it was that expensive to remove a tree.

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  9. oh dear. if lost power and a few limbs is all you had, then you're lucky.

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  10. Glad you didn't have much damage. Our large pine tree came down in our backyard in 2007 during a storm. Luckily it missed the house but took out our patio table. Did us a favor since it was dying and was going to need to come down - instead of paying $1,500 we only had to pay $200 for stump removal. Thanks Mother Nature? Also a large branch from our neighbors' tree fell on our house and destroyed half the roof 2 years before we bought the house. The rest of the tree was removed a few years ago so we avoided any repeat disasters.

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  11. You were fortunate! Those old trees can be so dangerous. We lost one old oak in a storm here the other day (not us, but Ocala lost the tree)...in fact we have 1/4 inch hail yesterday - never have seen that in Ocala before.

    We have no trees to worry about in Stone Creek. Thank goodness. It cost $2100 just to have some trimmed at our old house in Ocala!

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  12. I can sympathize, Kate. We had two bad storms last year that took down maples and oaks as big as this.

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  13. It's scary!
    So glad that you and your home are safe!

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  14. Don't think that I would like to have this tree so close to me either Kate. 14 hours is a long time to be without power. Hubby Ken has had power finally back on at the vineyard only to have it go off again today! At least though the cause was not over the back fence. I hope that the maple is a reasonable distance from your house.

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