Tree removal... sad day (sob)
On Wednesday, I had my parents 80 foot twin-trunked Pin Oak removed from their front yard. Back in the autumn of 2004, with the appreciated assistance of this forum I was able to identify an infection of bacterial leaf scorch growing within the tree. Through 2009 the infection's growth was pretty slow, but since 2010 it had progressed rapidly, and this year for the first time large sections of the crown failed to leaf out at all. So, based on diminishing landscape returns, I had it removed for my parents. I grew up with that tree, always admiring its form (two nearly identical twin trunks for 80 feet in the air) so I was never pleased with the prospects of its removal, but given nearly 10 years to mentally prepare for it, once it was obvious that large sections simply weren't coming back this year, the decision wasn't as hard as I had thought. Still, I'll miss that tree. Here are some images of the tree back before the infection had spread much in 2006, and then just last year for comparison.