Friday, July 3, 2020

Changing Skyline

Final Image of the Dead Ash Tree
Elkridge, MD
July 2, 2020
While I was laying flooring yesterday, the final and largest dead ash tree bordering my property was removed. This particular tree was the one which most threatened our home and although it once provided welcome shade during the summer, it had since become a threat. The home owners association bordering my property which owned the tree had removed other large dead ash trees a couple weeks ago, but the size and location of this particular tree exceeded the limits of the crane. 

After the Dead Ash Tree was Removed
Elkridge, MD
July 3, 2020
The tree was not felled in the traditional sense. I use the word removed because the tops were cut from the trunks and moved my the crane to a location where they were rendered into chips. The trunks of the formerly majestic and still massive trees remain standing up to about 30 feet in height.

The sightline from the house, the "skyline," is now free of dead trees and presents a lower and greener view. There is one remaining much smaller dead ash tree that we can see from the porch and I will fell that tree in a few weeks--when I get the nerve. It seems to be leaning in the direction that I want it to fall into the wild and unimproved area behind my house. 

For today, my Independence Day celebration will be laying more flooring. My objective is to complete the kitchen!

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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